Novak Djokovic (Image: AP/Seth Wenig)

In a viral tweet, New York Times tennis writer Ben Rothenberg said that the three most reliably crowd-supported players in men’s tennis are Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and whoever is playing Novak Djokovic.

As Djokovic stands on the precipice of securing every major record in men’s tennis history he struggles to secure a dedicated fan base.  

At the Tokyo Olympics, where Federer and Nadal will both be absent, Djokovic has the potential to secure the second last piece of the first golden slam (all four grand slams and an Olympic gold in a calendar year). This is a big ask, but his recent dominance makes it well and truly within reach and would make his status as the greatest of all time even harder to negate.