Mardy Fish reveals when Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic were the toughest to play

Fish had one win against Federer, while he never managed to beat Djokovic.

by Dzevad Mesic
Mardy Fish reveals when Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic were the toughest to play

Former world No 7 Mardy Fish says the 2005 Roger Federer and 2011 Novak Djokovic were "the best players I've ever played." After losing to Federer twice in 2003 and two more times in 2004, Fish also suffered a 3-6 3-6 loss to the Swiss at the 2005 Indian Wells Masters.

Overall, Fish played against Federer nine times and just once managed to get a win. Against Djokovic, Fish played seven times and didn't clinch a single win. Their last two matches came in 2011 as Djokovic beat Fish 6-3 6-1 in the Miami Masters semifinal before defeating the American again later that year in the Montreal Masters final 6-2 3-6 6-4.

Fish: The 2005 Federer and 2011 Djokovic the best players I ever played

"The 2011 Djokovic and 2005 Federer were the best players that I've ever played. If those two played on a medium-paced hard court, I think Novak would win, if they played on a faster surface I think Roger would win, and any slower surface Novak would win.

2011 Djokovic - the best player of all time," Fish said on The Pat McAfee Show. One of the most popular debates in tennis is the GOAT debate. After winning this year's French Open, Djokovic reached a record-breaking 23 Grand Slams.

On the other side, Rafael Nadal has 22 Grand Slams while Federer finished his career with 20 Slams. But when Djokovic was given a chance to declare himself the GOAT after the French Open win, he refused to do so. "I don't want to say that I am the greatest, because I feel it's disrespectful towards all the great champions in different eras of our sport that was played in completely different way than it is played today.

So I leave those kind of discussions of who is the greatest to someone else. I have of course huge faith and confidence and belief in myself and for everything that I am and who I am and what I am capable of doing," Djokovic said.

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