Roger Federer's ex-coach issues huge statement on Novak Djokovic's success

In 2023, Djokovic became the first-ever ATP player with 24 Grand Slam wins.

by Dzevad Mesic
Roger Federer's ex-coach issues huge statement on Novak Djokovic's success
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Roger Federer's ex-coach Ivan Ljubicic has declared Novak Djokovic as "the most successful" in men's tennis and added it would be nice Rafael Nadal managed to challenge the Serb in his return. Djokovic, 36, became the first-ever man with 24 Grand Slams following his three Slam wins in 2023. Nadal, who is set to return after basically missing the entire 2023 season, has 22 Slams while Federer retired with 20 Majors in his collection. 

“I think the most successful one is definitely Novak, at least on the male side, and he keeps winning," Ljubicic said on the ATP podcast.

Since Nadal is coming off surgery and likely retiring in 2024, some think the Grand Slam battle between him and Djokovic is over. 

“He’s not stopping, and I’m really curious, and I would love to see Rafa back in 2024 to give him some heat, just to start, so we keep talking about it," Ljubicic said.

Djokovic wishes to play Nadal in 2024

In November, Nadal hinted that he was ready to confirm his 2024 comeback. When addressing Nadal's comeback, Djokovic said it was "amazing" news and expressed a hope and desire to meet the Spaniard on the court in 2024. 

“For the world of tennis, no doubt that it’s amazing news that he’ll be back. I think it would be nice for the sport to have at least one more match between Nadal and me. That’s the biggest rivalry in terms of the amount of matches played that this sport ever had. Hopefully that can happen. He’s a big warrior. He’s somebody that really never gives up. With all the injuries that he had, keeps going. That’s definitely something that you have to respect and admire about him and his spirit," Djokovic said of Nadal's return in November.

Since Nadal will be unseeded when he returns, there is a possibility that he could potentially meet Djokovic in the early stages of tournaments. 

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