Roger Federer admits he expects ‘incredible players’ Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic to surpass him

Michael Graham
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic

Roger Federer says he fully expects Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic to break his Grand Slam record, but he’s okay with it because they are both ‘truly incredible players.’

Federer currently holds 20 major titles, one ahead of Nadal and four more than Djokovic, but has seen his powers wane of late and hasn’t added to to his haul for two years.

With Nadal and Djokovic several years his junior, it appears inevitable that they will ultimately top his total.

That doesn’t bother Federer as much as you may think, though, with him recalling the day he took the record from Pete Samprpas.

“The special moment was breaking the record, not having the record,” said Federer, as quoted by “And they should also be very happy when that happens.”

“It’s okay, they are truly incredible players,” Federer added.

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“I mean, I cannot stop them. What [I can] do is only control what I can control.

“The No. 1 goal is to stay healthy, because if I stay healthy I can achieve things – and I’d like to achieve still a few things.”

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