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Novak Djokovic challenged by Andy Murray: ‘Tough’ for Serbian to match Roger Federer’s 17 Grand Slams

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Novak Djokovic is inarguably the best tennis player in the planet and on a mission to break Roger Federer’s all-time world record of 17 Grand Slam titles won by a men’s singles player.

However, another top-ranked player in Andy Murray believes the Serbian will have difficulty getting to 17 and matching the Swiss Maestro’s record mentioning Rafael Nadal, who had a shot at getting to Federer’s record but has failed so far.

“It’s tough. A few years ago everyone thought Nadal would pass it. If Novak keeps going at the rate he’s going now he finishes on about 23 slams. But to predict someone is going to win that many? Murray shared to The Guardian.

Among the active players, only Nadal and Djokovic have a shot at matching or beating Federer’s 17 Grand Slam titles. Currently, Nadal has 14 titles but has struggled the last few seasons and is on a downhill trend. Djokovic is tied with two others in fifth place with 11 and has won five of the last seven Grand Slam tournaments.

All-time Grand Slam titles totals
1 Roger Federer (Switzerland) – 17
2 Pete Sampras (United States) and Rafael Nadal (Spain) – 14
4 Roy Emerson (Australia) – 12
5 Rod Laver (Australia), Bjorn Borg (Sweden) and Novak Djokovic (Serbia) – 11

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Djokovic’s last title, at the 2016 Australian Open, came at the expense of Murray, who lost in straight sets, 6-1 7-5 7-6(3). Djokovic has dominated Murray in their head-to-head series winning 22 of 31 meetings.

Many tennis fans and pundits believe that Djokovic has a chance to pass Federer’s as the greatest of all time in the sport. The Serbian has a chance to prove them right and prove Murray wrong by winning 17 or more Grand Slam titles in his career.

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