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Tennis News: Federer, Nadal still better offensively than Djokovic but Serbian to become ‘greatest’ in sport says McEnroe

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Djokovic watches Belgrade (Photo courtesy: euroleague.net)

Former tennis pro John McEnroe believes that Novak Djokovic may very well become the best player ever in the history of the sport but says that Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer still has some edge over the World No. 1 player with regards to their respective games at this point of Djokovic’s career.

In an interview with Le Figaro, in French, the 57-year-old American tennis legend talked about Djokovic being the “greatest of all time” eventually if he does not struggle with injuries the next few years in his tennis career.

“[Novak Djokovic] still does not have the dimension of Nadal and Federer even if he already is the best defender in the history. He’s improved a lot in his offensive game. If he does not get injured, he will dominate tennis for many years,” McEnroe stated in the article.

McEnroe also said that Djokovic remains the favorite to win the 2016 French Open but said the likes of defending champion Stan Wawrinka and rising stars Kei Nishikori and Dominic Thiem have chances to upset the Serbian for the majors title at Roland Garros.

Both McEnroe and Djokovic have never won the French Open in their careers. But the Serbian has a chance to get his first title at Roland Garros as his main rivals, Federer and Nadal are already out of the tournament due to injuries.

Djokovic, who has 11 Grand Slam titles to Roger Federer’s tennis world record of 17 and Rafael Nadal’s 14, is on track to win his first French Open title and 12th Grand Slam title to close in on the Swiss Maestro. To have a chance to beat Federer for the “greatest of all time” in tennis, Federer must win the French Open this year and win five more Grand Slam titles to match Federer’s record.

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