Andy Roddick: Novak Djokovic favorite to own all-time Major record at end of 2022


Andy Roddick: Novak Djokovic favorite to own all-time Major record at end of 2022

Former world No. 1 Andy Roddick believes Novak Djokovic is the healthiest among the Big Three and he has the best chance of finishing career with the most Grand Slams. Djokovic, 34, captured three Grand Slams in 2021 to tie Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on the all-time Grand Slam record list with 20 Majors.

Djokovic is still in an exceptional shape while injuries forced Federer and Nadal to end the season prematurely. Roddick appeared on Tennis Channel and he was asked where the all-time Grand Slam race would sit at the end of 2022.

"What I will say confidently is given the runway and the toll on the bodies and what we have seen as far as bodies breaking down. Novak seemingly has the longest runway and has been playing the best consistently for the last five, 10 years even.

But he only got better this year," Roddick said. "I don't know you can say it about Rafa. I certainly don't think you can say it about Roger, unfortunately at this point in their career. So Novak still has to be the favorite."

Djokovic could skip the Australian Open

The Australian Open has confirmed that unvaccinated players won't be allowed to play at Melbourne Park but they are hoping Djokovic won't skip the event.

“We have been speaking to Novak and his team and they understand clearly that in order to come and play in the Australian Open they need to be fully vaccinated,” Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said.

“They know that it’s a condition for everyone, not just the players, but the fans and all the staff and he had indicated that it’s a private decision for him and at the right time he will tell us. “I know that he wants to play, he’s clearly indicated that and he knows the conditions that he would have to undergo in order to be eligible to play”.

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