Djokovic: 'Roger Federer keeps on proving to everybody wrong that...'

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Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have together won 56 Grand Slam titles. The Big Three have become true tennis legends to the sound of records and over the years have given birth to numerous epic matches that have thrilled the whole world of sport.

Their dominance in Grand Slam tournaments has reached unimaginable levels. Just think that since 2004, only seven players outside Federer, Djokovic and Nadal have managed to reach the most coveted milestone. They are Gaston Gaudio (Roland Garros 2004), Marat Safin (Australian Open 2005), Juan Martin Del Potro (US Open 2009), Andy Murray (US Open 2012, Wimbledon 2013, 2016), Stan Wawrinka (Australian Open 2014, Roland Garros 2015, US Open 2016), Marin Cilic (US Open 2014) and Dominic Thiem (US Open 2020).

These numbers bring to light another statistic out of the ordinary: in the last 66 Majors only on 11 occasions one of the Big Three has not triumphed. The fight for the Grand Slam primacy is certainly one of the reasons that pushes Federer, Djokovic and Nadal to work hard every day to reach their highest level and remain competitive despite the numerous successes already achieved.

Djokovic admitted that he aims to break Federer’s record of 20 Grand Slam titles.

Djokovic on Roger Federer

“Roger Federer is going to come back. Regardless of his age, he’s always the favorite, if he’s feeling good physically.

He’s always up there. He keeps on proving to everybody wrong that he can make it. He’s been reaching finals of Slams in last couple of years,” Novak Djokovic said during a media interaction at the Italian Open 2020.

With the French Open coming up, Djokovic wants to take things one tournament at a time. “I’m trying to focus only on that tournament and not thinking about the far future. Because we don’t really know what it brings,” Djokovic added.

Things will again get very interesting with the Grand Slam record once Federer returns next year. “The race is, of course, there. But, you know, hopefully, Rafa and I can stay healthy. And with Roger back it’s gonna be great for our sport,” Djokovic said further.

Djokovic beat Salvatore Caruso 6-3, 6-2 at the Italian Open on Wednesday to win his first match since his US Open disqualification. It was a significant win in more ways that just that, though, as it dew him level with Roger Federer’s 113 Masters 100 wins on clay.