Tennis News: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic tied for ‘greatest’ in the sport, says Rod Laver

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Tennis player Novak Djokovic of Serbia kisses his Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award during the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 in Berlin, Germany, April 18, 2016. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

Another tennis expert is now agreeing that Novak Djokovic is the greatest of all time in the sport and has equaled Roger Federer for the No. 1 spot in the all-time rankings in history of tennis.

Australian former tennis pro Rod Laver, who was one of the greatest players in the sport before the modern era, has stated that Djokovic has now matched Federer at this point of their careers.

“I don’t think you put one of those two above the other when you look at their performances. You know what Roger’s record is. But the way that Djokovic has been playing over the last year or so, I would say that Djokovic and Federer are equals,” Laver shared to ESPN.com.

“When you look at Djokovic’s performances and his results, you just have to say, ‘Hey, this guy’s unbelievable, and how can you look past him when discussing who is the best ever?'”

Laver’s statement echoes that of some of the former pros like Gustavo Kuerten and Pat McEnroe, who claimed that Novak Djokovic is on his way to becoming the greatest of all time in the sport, and will overtake Roger Federer eventually, before the Serbian retires from tennis.

Laver, who has won all four Grand Slam titles, has 11 majors win like Djokovic, who is still six Grand Slam titles away from Federer’s record of 17. However, Djokovic is younger and still in his prime and the Serbian is expected to win a few more majors and challenge Federer in getting the most majors win in the history of tennis.

Can Djokovic get to Federer’s record? And is Laver correct in stating that Novak Djokovic is now equal to Roger Federer as the all time greatest in tennis?

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