'It will be much harder than before for Roger Federer, Nadal, Djokovic', says analyst

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'It will be much harder than before for Roger Federer, Nadal, Djokovic', says analyst

One - Roger Federer - has won more Grand Slams and spent several weeks at the top of the ATP rankings. The other - Rafael Nadal - has "only" won more Grand Slams. What are two of the best tennis players ever for Novak Djokovic? «Rivals, of which I respect all records - said the Serbian - legends of our sport that I admire a lot.

But I am not jealous of their success, on the contrary I am happy that they have achieved such great results: they have shown the way and influenced my game and my growth ». The Rhenish and the Majorcan are symbols, but Nole is no less...

"I have always been very" transparent": one of my biggest goals is to set the record for weeks passed as number one in the world, a record that I am approaching increasingly. I also think about the Grand Slams, of course, but I think it's more important to be consistent.

And I did it by winning many titles in the Masters1000." In an interview with the French edition of GQ magazine, Nicolas Escude claimed that while no one is certain how long Roger Federer will continue playing, everyone knows the Swiss legend won't be around for many more years.

Escude on the Big 3

Nicolas Escude, who scored three wins in seven career meetings against Roger Federer, also refused to write off the Swiss' chances of winning a 21st Grand Slam. The Frenchman did admit, however, that it would be a difficult task for Roger Federer given that the rest of the field is catching up with the Big 3 (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic).

"It will be much harder than before," Escude said. "Some young players have gained confidence. Dominic Thiem won a Grand Slam so that will set him free. Alexander Zverev reached the final, he is not far. Felix Auger-Aliassime arrives and others will rise in the ranks.

It becomes tougher at the competition level at the top of the pyramid." Coming to Roger playing tennis this season, his agent confirmed that he will be seen in Doha for the ATP 250 Masters event, which begins from the 8th of March.

Federer has tasted success at the venue before, winning the title previously on three occasions, in 2005, 2006, and 2011. The Swiss superstar put up a post today, wishing his Chinese fans from all over the world a ‘Happy Chinese New Year’.

It is a short clip, in which Federer is speaking in mandarin (Chinese language). The Chinese Lunar New Year is being celebrated on the 12th of February this year.