‘I never would have predicted Roger Federer success,’ says early victim of Swiss’ dominance

Roger Federer backhand

Mark Philippoussis has hailed the dominance of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic,and Rafael Nadal, admitting he never though they would be capable of doing what they have.

The Australian was an early victim of Federer, losing to him in the final of Wimbledon in 2003.

He, though, admits he never saw 20 Grand Slams coming for the Swiss legend.

“If you had kind of asked me that question,” Philippousis said, “no matter how good someone is it’s hard to see that happening.

“You always knew he was going to be one of the top players, you knew he would win some Slams but to win what is it, 20? No.

“I thought [Pete] Sampras’ record of 14 Grand Slams is going to last quite a while!

“Not only has it not lasted a while, but three guys have passed it.

“It’s incredible when you think about it. It’s unbelievable.”

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