Djokovic:It's tough to be the GOAT with Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal around


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Djokovic:It's tough to be the GOAT with Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal around

Can Novak Djokovic overcome Roger Federer's 20 Grand Slam titles and become the greatest tennis player of all time? The Serb wants to stay humble and, during an Asics event, when asked if he can become the greatest ever, he replied: 'With Roger (Federer) and Rafa (Nadal) still playing it's going to be difficult, but I am aware of the fact that I am in the discussion and of course I aspire to make more records and more history in this sport.

It's really hard to compare generations, that's why this conversation about the greatest of all time is really complex to me. I can't really say who is the greatest. Yes, of course, Roger won 20 Grand Slams and he is definitely in the discussion of all time but generations are so different.

Rod Laver, Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras, all these different generations, legends, have paved the way for us and they deserve respect. The technology of the racket is different, times are different, surfaces are different. Today tennis is more professional than it was in the times of Rod Laver not because but because of the circumstances we were living in.

Rod was playing half of his career as an amateur and that was the time he was living in. I am very proud to be in the same era as Federer and Nadal who are definitely in the discussion of the top five players of all time but you understand it's difficult to compare.

I don't want to put myself in the shoes of the greatest of all time out of respect to all the former champions. But I will continue to strive to be the best tennis player in the world.' Djokovic also praised his coach Marian Vajda's work: 'Marian is a dear friend, a family to me and not just a tennis coach.

I shared a lot of great moments in my career and life with him, he has been there in good and tough times and he is someone that I can definitely always rely on. When he has accepted to work with me again I was thrilled and very happy because I love him as my family.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title