'Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer dominated when Djokovic was absent', Martin

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'Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer dominated when Djokovic was absent', Martin

The International Tennis Hall of Fame CEO Todd Martin is happy for Novak Djokovic's return at high level in tennis. Martin also mentioned Djokovic's biggest rivals in a recent interview to Yahoo 'Nice to see Novak back.

I think his dominance, when he is right is just spectacular. I think he is the best talent in the game. Obviously, Roger (Federer) and Rafa (Nadal) had an amazing couple of years, but that has happened in the absence of the guy who had won four straight Grand Slam titles prior to that, so...' Meanwhile, in a column for L'Equipe the seven-time Grand Slam winner Mats Wilander credited Djokovic's success to coach Marian Vajda, wife Jelena.

'I cannot imagine that Djokovic could have won Wimbledon without the return to his box of all those familiar faces. That is the key for me. It is thanks to that that he is a bit calmer while re-finding his machine-like style and killer instinct.

His coach Marian Vajda coming back is the key. Jelena, his wife, is the key. They are all again reunited behind him, like a kind of cordon sanitaire which protects Novak from everything. And the chase is back on. It is for that reason that the return of Djokovic to the top is very exciting.

The chase was launched when Federer was no longer winning much, when Nadal was winning especially at Roland Garros and Novak was winning almost all the rest, to disrupt the established order. And it is starting again. These three are again going to try to go still higher.

I am not saying that Roger or Rafa can do it but they are going to see a reason to continue to work to challenge Djokovic’s game. And that is massive. At New York we are going to know who is the best in the world in 2018.

In play is the title of the ITF world champion. It will not be the rankings which count because, for them, the feeling of being the best of the year prevails over the World No.1 ranking.'

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