Current world number one Novak Djokovic has shared that Roger Federer is worthy of moving to the top of the rankings if he beats Andy Murray to win Wimbledon on Sunday.
The 30-year-old, who is currently at the third spot, is already sure of overtaking Rafael Nadal for the second position but the Basel resident will move to the top if he wins the title.
Federer defeated the Serbian in four sets 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the semi-finals on Friday to reach his eighth Wimbledon final.
Talking to the reporters after losing to the Swiss Maestro, Djokovic said, "Look, if he wins and becomes No. 1 it's going to be well deserved. He's played fantastic this year. He's been so consistent. If he wins, he wins. There's nothing I can do about it. The best player will win this tournament. I'm out.”
Federer has not won any Grand Slam since winning the 2010 Australian Open but he did not lose before the quarter-finals of any Major. The Swiss Maestro remained at the third spot for more than one year but his brilliant performance at the end of last year and start of this year, during which he captured seven titles, reduced the difference between him and top two.
As Djokovic went on to say, "He was always there. Last couple years he didn't win a major, but he was in a couple of finals and always semifinals. He's always playing close matches against whoever. This is tennis. Of course he was so dominant, and then you had Nadal who made a great rivalry with him. Then myself, [Andy] Murray, a couple other players who were young and who started believing they can win against him. That's what I think makes this era right now in men's tennis very interesting."
The 16-time Grand Slam winner had lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-final last year that is why he did not have many points to defend at this year’s championships. On the other hand, Djokovic and Nadal had played the final so they had to defend a lot of points which they failed to do.
If Federer wins his record equaling seventh Wimbledon title and becomes world number one, he will also level Pete Sampras’ all time record of most weeks at the top position with 286. The Swiss legend also holds the record of being highest ranked player for most consecutive weeks at 237.