Rusedski: Djokovic is the player of the year over Roger Federer,Rafa Nadal


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Rusedski: Djokovic is the player of the year over Roger Federer,Rafa Nadal

The former world no. 4 and former Wimbledon semi-finalist Greg Rusedski believes that with his third US Open title and 14th Grand Slam overall, Novak Djokovic's chances to hold the Major titles record in the men's Open era have gotten higher.

Before the final between the Serb and Juan Martin del Potro, in a column for the Telegraph, Rusedski wrote: 'There will be two people sitting at home who have their fingers crossed for a Juan Martin del Potro win on Sunday – and their names are Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

The old “Big Two” might seem to be a long way ahead of the pack, on 20 and 17 majors respectively. But if Novak Djokovic wins this US Open he will equal Pete Sampras’s tally of 14. And the next time we all get together will be at the Australian Open, the tournament he has made his own.

If Djokovic can squeeze past Del Potro on Sunday, you wouldn’t put it past him to go on one of his long runs. He has done it before: three straight majors in 2011-12, and four in 2015-2016. That “Novak slam,” when he was working with Boris Becker, was an achievement that never received the appreciation it deserved.' Djokovic did not have a good first half of the season, but from Wimbledon onwards he enjoyed an amazing success winning Wimbledon, Cincinnati and US Open titles.

His only loss came to Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Toronto's Rogers Cup. 'It’s an oddity that, if he wins, Djokovic will still only be no. 3 in the world,' Rusedski added. 'But the players care more about grand-slam titles than rankings.

The two men at the top of the ladder – Nadal and Federer – will know that if Djokovic finishes with two majors in 2018, he is still the player of the year, despite the fact that he had barely picked up any points before the start of the grass-court season.' ALSO READ: Mats Wilander: 'Rafael Nadal is human, hard courts are not good for him'