equal number of slams means equal to my eyes. once he gets to number 7 slam then no argument from me.
Winning a major against Sampras/Lendl/Wilander is at least 10 times more valuable than winning a slam against nobodies like Murray and Nadal.
Bullshit. In order to win his 1st slam Edberg had to beat legends like Lendl ( #1 then ) and Wilander.( # 3 ) Djoko beat mono - Fed and Tsonga.On way to his last slam title Edberg had to beat Lendl, Chang and Sampras. Djokovic beat Ferrer and Murka.
Edberg and Becker had to deal with few generations of different superstars with very different playing styles :Connors,Lendl, McEnroe,Wilander,Courier,Sampras,Agassi not to mention Chang, Stich, Cash,Ivanisevic.Plus - they had to beat each other , which was tough task itself.
Djokovic right now has only declining 31 y.o. Fed and not so brilliant Murray as serious opponents. Even Nadal is conveniently out of picture for some time now.To say this grinding between 2 quite boring baseliners is golden era of tennis is a huge mistake.Maybe Ferrer as permanent slam semifinalist is sign of Golden era also ?
Based on what?
The only thing Becker and Edberg still have over Djokovic is career titles(Becker 49,Edberg 42 and Novak still 35),but Novak hasn't ended his career yet...
Apart from that and the same number of GS titles Novak is better in almost every stat including weeks as number 1,win/loss % or number of TMS titles...
Doesn't matter - stats don't show how weak his competition is.
Of course fans of a boring, mechanical game would only care about stats in a vacuum. True tennis is an art and Edberg was an artist. Fakervic may get a few more slams from Mugray and inherit some weeks at #1 compared to OldFed and KneeDal but he will never be a great player like Stefan. He inspired the GOAT Roger Federer, who in turn inspired a whole generation of up and coming players. And who will Fakervic inspire?
I would say yes. But this debate will be outdated soon enough
It is already outdated and out of place.
that's because you know shit about tennis.......Novak is better than both of them in all stats almost
Stats acquired playing against Albert Ramos and Carlos Berlocq.
The question is silly because by retirement Djokovic will have surpassed them.
Same as above. Surpassed playing in a weak era?