‘It’s straightforward’ – Duo back Novak Djokovic to pass Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer’s Grand Slam tally
Former world No 1s Jim Courier and Andy Roddick firmly believe Novak Djokovic will end up with the most Grand Slams with the former saying the Serbian will win at least another “five or six” majors.
Djokovic currently stands on 17 Grand Slams, three adrift on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s record of 20.
Nadal drew level with Federer, whose last major title came at the 2018 Australian Open, with his success at Roland Garros this year while Djokovic won major No 17 at this year’s Australian Open.
Age is still very much on world No 1 Djokovic’s side as he is 33 while Nadal is 34 and Federer 39.
Courier believes when all is said and done, Djokovic will top the list followed Nadal and Federer.
“The way I see it… Novak will win more majors from today than the other two players, I believe,” he told Tennis Channel.
“Nadal I think will be second in that competition. Federer, maybe he has another one in him. He was oh so close at Wimbledon last year. Let’s not forget that Novak stole one there. It could easily be Federer 21 and Djokovic 16.
“But I think Nadal has probably got 2-3 more in him, I think that Djokovic is somewhere in that five-six range, all assuming health.”
Fellow American Roddick is also confident the Serbian will end up with the most Slams and will be looking to make up for lost ground after missing out on Wimbledon and the US Open this year.
“In my mind, it’s pretty straightforward,” he said Tennis Channel. “I think Novak Djokovic is the favorite in three out of the four Slams for the next year or two. If you think back in 2020, he misses Wimbledon where he’s been the best player for a long time [because it was canceled due to the pandemic].
“The US Open happens and he hits the lines lady. Now it looks like Australia’s in a bit of flux. Novak’s going, ‘Come on, we gotta get on the court, we gotta play these matches while I’m in the prime of my career.’”
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