Novak Djokovic is still wary of the play of Roger Federer and Rafael Nada,l despite their age and injuries in recent ATP seasons. The Serbian World No. 1 stated in a recent interview that while there are new guys performing well on the tour, Federer and Nadal will remain dangerous players on the ATP Tour.
“It’s kind of expected to have some new faces in this sport,” Djokovic stated to Tennis.com “But I still wouldn’t rule out Roger and Rafa, and I would not take them out of that context of the best players in the world.”
Djokovic named the other pros playing well recently. He named Stan Wawrinka, Marin Cilic and Juan Martin Del Potro as the veterans who deserve their top ranking. For the young pros, Djokovic mentioned Nick Kyrgios, Borna Coric, Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic as the players that belong to the “world’s best” in the sport.
Djokovic has won 12 Grand Slam titles in his career and five Grand Slams short of Federer’s 17 major titles, the world record and all-time record in the men’s singles competition history.
However, Djokovic has won four, six of the last eight Grand Slams the last two ATP seasons and he’s aiming to beat Federer for becoming the “greatest of all time” in the sport.
Rafael Nadal has more Grand Slam titles than Djokovic, 14-12. But the Spanish pro has not won a Grand Slam since the 2014 French Open and has suffered injuries and upsets in recent Grand Slam tournaments. Federer last won a Grand Slam in 2012 at Wimbledon.
Despite the struggles for both Federer and Nadal with injuries and performance on the court, Novak Djokovic considers both as top players because of their tennis history.
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