Mats Wilander: Roger Federer now unable to beat Novak Djokovic in Grand Slams, but Rafael Nadal can

Novak Djokovic after beating Roger Federer in 2019 Wimbledon final

Roger Federer is unable to beat Novak Djokovic in a Grand Slam match and may struggle to last the pace at the US Open, says former world number one Mats Wilander.

Speaking to Eurosprt, for whom he is a TV analyst, Wilander claims Rafael Nadal is he only hope in the ATP of defeating Djokovic in New York, and has challenged fresh talent to finally step it up.

“Rafael Nadal is the only player who can beat Novak Djokovic in a five-set Grand Slam game,” Wilander said.

“We need to have two boys in the semi-finals who don’t call themselves Roger, Rafa or Stan or Novak.”

Wilander went on to suggest that Federer’s Grand Slam winning days may actually be over, questioning whether or not he still has it in the legs to go stand up to the sheer physical challenge.

“I think the biggest obstacle for someone like Federer is that he is going to play seven hard games,” Wilander added

“No matter what the style is, you may have a problem against a great server or a bottom player.

Djokovic is the defending champion at the US Open after he beat Juan Martin del Potro in last year’s final. He has also won two of the three Grand Slams so far this year.

Federer, meanwhile, hasn’t won a Grand Slam since the Australian open over 18 months ago, and lost to Djokovic in the final of Wimbledon earlier this summer.

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