ATP Tour News – Former world’s no1. Tim Henman really thinks Novak Djokovic hasn’t seen the best of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal this season, stressing the two legendary tennis players are still very capable to beat the Serb.
In an interview with the Business Standard, Henman was vocal in defending Federer and Nadal from critics who think the two former top-ranked netters are no longer a threat to Djokovic.
Henman stressed he doesn’t diminish Djokovic’s achievement in Grand Slam tournaments the past two or three years, even calling the Serb the player to beat right now.
However, the British tennis icon also pointed out that Federer and Nadal can still recapture their old form, especially with the former showing consistency in Grand Slam play as of late and the latter just at 29.
“Yeah very much so,” Henman said when asked if Federer and Nadal stand a chance against a dominant Djokovic. “I think certainly with Federer he has played at an amazingly consistent level at the Grand Slams in recent years. But it has been Djokovic the final hurdle has been too good. And now you know Djokovic is the clear No.1 in the world, he is the player to beat.”
“Likewise with Nadal when you have won 14 Grand Slams and been one of the best players of all time. He is only 29. I don’t think we should be writing him off,” said the 11 career singles title winner.
Then again, Henman is also aware of the struggles each players are dealing with right now.
Nadal is having an up-and-down campaign over the last 12-18 months and recently absorbed a first-round loss to Fernando Verdasco at the Australian Open. He’s scheduled to kick off his clay-court campaign at the Argentina Open, in which he’s the defending champion.
Federer, on the other hand, recently underwent a surgery to fix a torn meniscus on his knee. The Swiss is expected to be out for at least three weeks before resuming his campaign at Indian Wells.
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