Novak Djokovic became the first man to win the first three Masters 1000 of the season when he defeated Tomas Berdych 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 to claim the Monte Carlo title. This win will also put him more than 5,000 points ahead of Roger Federer in next week’s rankings.
In other words, it is a complete and utter domination from the Serbian at the moment, which prompted many to compare his current form and domination to that of Roger Federer in 2004-2007, a step we must be very cautious to take at present, for various reasons: time frame, rivals, surface changes, etc.
What makes no doubt, however, is that Novak Djokovic is making his place in the history of the game. His own place.
It is yet unknown what will be his legacy a few years from now, or even what will happen between now and the end of the season, but the records he set and is setting are his own and those of no one else. And for this, he should be celebrated. For what he did in itself, not in comparison to anyone.
The place he is making for himself in the history of tennis is his own.
In a sport that is in no ways lacking figures and heroes, there is no need for comparisons.
And one of those heroes, one of these figures, is Novak Djokovic. By himself.