"The famous debate about who is the GOAT is completely dead now because of Novak"
Djokovic won seven titles in the just ended season, including three Grand Slam trophies, along with playing in the Wimbledon final.
As in 2015, Novak won three slams and the ATP final, he also finished the year as the number one in the world, but Mouratoglou believes that this last season is even better than the one eight years ago.
"It's interesting to think if the Novak of 2023 is a better player than the Novak of 2015. I think the Novak of today is better," he said. "His game evolved, his confidence evolved, he's played so many more matches. He has so much more height when looking at his game, looking at his opponent. He didn't drop physically. If he had have dropped physically, then probably the Novak of 2015 would have been a better player than the Novak of 2023. But his fitness level I think is the same. He's as fast, he's as flexible, he's as balanced when he hits his shots, he's as resistant. So, he's a better player today, yes", Mouratoglou said.
The French expert says that he is amazed that the Serbian tennis player was able to dominate world tennis for so long.
"I think the 2023 season of Novak is one of the best of his career. As good as the best ones he had in the past, 2015 for example, which is crazy when you think about it, because there is almost 10 years between those seasons. At 36 years old, it is something unheard of," Mouratoglou said.
The owner of the popular tennis academy and former associate of Holger Rune and Stefanos Tsitsipas, as well as former coach of Serena Williams, says that it is very difficult to stay at the top for so long.
"I've never seen in the history of tennis someone who is on top of their game at 36, as much as they were at 26, 28. It's a whole career of being at the top. He had one or...