'Novak Djokovic will break Roger Federer's record', says WTA legend



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'Novak Djokovic will break Roger Federer's record', says WTA legend

Since the tour resumed in August, several tournaments - including the US Open and the ATP Finals in London - have been held behind closed doors. Roland Garros, on the other hand, was able to host 1000 spectators per day, a minimum capacity if we consider that we are talking about a Grand Slam.

Meanwhile, Tennis Australia is in discussions with Victorian officials to secure the 2021 Australian Open, which should have a limited number of fans in Melbourne Park. The next edition of the Happy Slam will also sanction the return to the circuit of Roger Federer, whose last official appearance dates back to the semifinal against Novak Djokovic this year.

The Swiss phenomenon - in addition to having been hooked by eternal rival Rafael Nadal at 20 Grand Slams - is also likely to be overtaken by Novak Djokovic in the ranking for the greatest number of weeks at the top of the ATP ranking.

Daniela Hantuchova, who is now an analyst for Amazon Prime, believes Nole will easily beat Federer's record thanks to the new pandemic-induced ranking system. The Serbian reached 296 weeks at number 1, against 310 for the 39-year-old from Basel.

If Djokovic remains No. 1 till 8 March 2021, which is looking like a very likely possibility at this stage, he will overtake Roger Federer's tally.

Hantuchova on Roger Federer's record

"Yeah I think so, just because he's younger, fresher and his fitness levels are higher than I've ever seen," the Slovak said.

"He's got that hunger, that motivation inside of him which I really find so admirable, for all three guys, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic" - Daniela Hantuchova explained. "To still have that hunger after everything they've achieved, I do believe they're better because of each other, they keep pushing each other.

Novak I feel like has still got a lot of miles in his legs and as long as he can stay healthy and motivated, I don't see what could stop him," Hantuchova added. Uniqlo is a Japanese mass-market retailer brand with whom Federer signed a mammoth $300 million dollar deal for 10 years in 2018.

Previously, Federer was associated with the American brand, Nike. Federer was with Nike for over two decades, but as he started nearing the end of his career, UNIQLO provided the best post-career options so he chose to switch brands.

Uniqlo is very popular in Japan and has Japanese icon Kei Nishikori in its camp as well. Federer had earlier revealed that he very much loves to design and select his match outfits and thus he is part of the Uniqlo designing team.