The side effect of Rafael Nadal's defeat to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the last quarter-final of the 2021 Australian Open is reflected in the ATP ranking. Also due to his current position in the ranking blocked in the middle, with points impossible to lose, but possible to gain (state of affairs that will remain up to the ATP 500 in Dubai and Acapulco included), Novak Djokovic will overtake Roger Federer for weeks at number 1.
The 310 weeks of the Swiss, in particular, will be replaced by the 311 of the Serbian on March 8, just a few hours before (or a few days, depending on the decisions of the organization of the ATP 250 in Doha) of the return to the field of the eight.
times winner of Wimbledon. This is all linked to the fact that Djokovic and Nadal will not take part in any tournament after the struggles of postponed Australia. While speaking with Fox Sports, Rod Laver mentioned Roger Federer's stellar record as a reason to consider him the greatest - not only of this era, but of all eras.
Rod Laver comments on Roger Federer
Rod Laver has a developed a close personal equation with Roger Federer over the years, and the Swiss even named Team8's showcase event after the Australian legend. Laver believes that Federer, who has talked about playing on the tour until the age of 40 in their personal discussions, can still add to his trophy cabinet when he returns.
"Roger, when I chatted to him the past year or so, he thought he’d play his best until he’s 40 and I think he’s pretty much on it," Laver said. "Unfortunately, you know, his knee has been giving him some trouble.
So he had an operation on the knee that will set him in good position." In that context, Rod Laver is not ruling out the possibility of the status quo changing in the future, as the Spaniard and the Serb continue to chase further Grand Slam glory.
"But give some of the other guys a little bit more time, maybe they’ll come up and meet and be as good as Roger," Laver added. "Djokovic is certainly on his way (along with Nadal), because he won a huge amount of tournaments and his consistency is amazing."
Nadal, who is already level with the Swiss Master for the highest number of Grand Slam championships in the men’s game, with 20 titles apiece, equaled yesteryear legend John McEnroe’s mark in 1984. However, despite missing out on this unique landmark, it was all Nadal in the opening two sets as he overwhelmed the current World Number 6 with trademark winners off the baseline.