The world number two Novak Djokovic’s father has lambasted a journalist who called his son LOAT (Loser of All Time).
The 36-year-old recently suffered a defeat in the final of the third Grand Slam of the year in London to Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz in a five-set thriller with a score of 1–6, 7–6(8–6), 6–1, 3–6, 6–4 on Sunday.
The defeat gave Djokovic an unwarranted record as he became the player who lost the most finals in the Grand Slams (12), overtaking Switzerland’s Roger Federer who was defeated 11 times.
Following that defeat, journalist Nebojsa Sofranac labelled Djokovic as the LOAT, something that clearly made the Serb’s father angry.
"May God help that man. If he can even be helped, and if he really means everything he wrote,” he said.
Despite that result, Djokovic remains the most successful player in the history of men’s singles tennis in the Open era, having won 23 Grand Slam titles.
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But that defeat in London surely halted his march towards equaling Federer’s record of eight Wimbledon titles.
Currently, the Belgrade-born is the joint second-most successful player in the competition’s history with seven titles to his name, equal with America’s Pete Sampras.