Former world No. 1 Rafael Nadal has admitted that Novak Djokovic is the player best positioned to finish with the all-time Grand Slam record. Djokovic, 34, captured three Grand Slam titles this year to tie Nadal and Roger Federer on the all-time Grand Slam record list.
Federer was the record all-time Grand Slam champion until Nadal won the 2020 French Open. Djokovic then tied Nadal and Federer on the list after winning the first three Grand Slams of this season. “Right now the best placed player to finish with the most Grand Slam titles is Novak Djokovic.
You just have to see where Roger is and where I am, while he is competing and in great shape. This is the reality from now on. We’ll see what happens in a few months, but right now if there is clearly a favorite, it’s him,” Nadal stated, as quoted on Essentially Sports.
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Listen I don't think Rafa is the favorite regardless if Novak is there or not," former world No. 1 Andy Roddick recently said during his appearance on Tennis Channel. Roddick's colleague at Tennis Channel Jim Courier said a healthy Nadal would still be a slight favorite over Djokovic at the French Open.
"And for Rafa how he is going to respond, how his foot is going to respond after sitting out a lot this season trying to fix that after it went out on him at Roland Garros. He is still the favorite at Roland Garros. Slighlty, slightly over Novak -- assuming they are both healthy.
And Novak is probably the favorite everywhere else -- certainly at Wimbledon," Courier said during his appearance on Tennis Channel.