Novak Djokovic: 'Even though we are biggest rivals...'



by   |  VIEW 5084

Novak Djokovic: 'Even though we are biggest rivals...'

World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev has singled out Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Matteo Berrettini as the top three Wimbledon favorites. Djokovic, 35, is a six-time Wimbledon champion and this year he will try to win his fourth consecutive title at the Championships.

Nadal, 36, is a two-time Wimbledon champion but has not won the title at the tournament since 2010. Berrettini, 26, reached his first Grand Slam final at WImbledon last year before losing to Djokovic. Reflecting on this year's favorites at Wimbledon, Medvedev said Djokovic and Roger Federer are the best grass-court players of his generation.

"Novak is always the favourite. He has won the last three Wimbledons that have been played. He plays very well on grass. If we talk about the best players in history on grass, he would place him at the top, although I have not seen Borg or Sampras play.

Of my generation, Federer and Djokovic are the best. Of course, Nadal can win any tournament he plays in and Berrettini is playing at a high level. Speaking of favourites, Djokovic, Berrettini and Nadal," Medvedev told Diario de Mallorca, quoted by Sportskeeda.

Even though Djokovic and Nadal are now in their thirties, they are still strong forces in the game. "When they retire. As long as Nadal and Djokovic continue to play, they will be the favourites." And this has not been like this for two years, but for fifteen.

It is nothing new. They have broken all records. Without a doubt, they are two of the three best tennis players of all time. The transition will start when they retire, maybe in their 40s or 45s," Medvedev added.

Nole Djokovic is confident

"Just in general, overall, things that he is trying to do, to create even more of a successful legacy for himself on the court is something that you just have to respect and admire.

Of course, even though we are biggest rivals and we had incredible matches during our careers, I have nothing but respect for him and what he has achieved," Novak Djokovic stated. The former World No. 1 lauded his rival for winning Grand Slams right after returning to action after surgery which has taken Nadal's tally to 22.

"He had surgery, in the second part of last year and coming back after that surgery and winning a Grand Slam right away is something that is really impressive of course. Making history as well with Grand Slam wins - in Roland Garros - a tournament where historically he has won the most titles, so hats down.

I mean what he has achieved and what he keeps on doing on the court, great fighting spirit, amazing champion," he added.