Novak Djokovic has his sights on the all-time Grand Slam record of 25, says top analyst
Novak Djokovic doesn’t just have Rafael Nadal in his sights when it comes to the Grand Slam record with tennis analyst Greg Rusedski saying he wants to win at least 25 majors.
Nadal currently holds the men’s record of 22 after winning the Australian Open and French Open this year, but Djokovic is just one adrift after he successfully defended his Wimbledon crown.
Margaret Court, though, holds the overall record as she sits on 24 – although 13 of her titles came before Open Era – while Serena Williams won all 23 of her Grand Slams during the professional era.
Djokovic has made it clear that he is gunning for more records and history and 1997 US Open finalist Rusedski is backing the 35-year-old to win a few more majors before he retires.
“Let’s not forget Martina Navratilova won her last Wimbledon title at 39 years of age,” he told Amazon Prime. “I see Novak out there if he’s healthy for another four, five years so imagine how many more Slams he’s going to have underneath his belt.
“I don’t think he wants to get the men’s record, I think he wants to get the all-time record. Margaret Court 24. Serena 23, he wants to have 25.”
Djokovic only played two Grand Slams this year as he missed his Australian Open title defence and the US Open due to his unvaccinated status.
Nadal, of course, went on to win the title in the Serbian’s absence but Rusedski has no doubt that Djokovic would have won the title if he was allowed to play.
“No question about it,” he said. “He would’ve won it this year. He’s won it nine times, that’s his best Slam. There’s no question about it. Djokovic is just a step up, he’s just a world class player, he’s got all the assets, he’s got everything you need.”
The former world No 4 also took out his crystal ball to predict next year’s Grand Slam winners and he believes the same three players who won majors this year will again win be victorious this year and if Ruseski is right then Nadal and Djokovic will be tied at the top come the end of next year.
He added: “Well I see Djokovic winning at least two majors next year. I see Rafa winning the French and [world No 1 Carlos] Alcaraz possibly defending his US Open title.”
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