He hated Djokovic, and now he praises him: Federer is my friend, but Novak is the best

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Former American tennis player Andy Roddick says that Novak Djokovic, the first racket in the world, will be the best in history if he wins his 21st Grand Slam.

On Monday, Djokovic officially received the record, seventh, cup intended for the best tennis player at the end of the season.

In Rodik’s opinion, now he only needs to take the 21st Grand Slam title and definitely become the greatest in history, because he thinks that it is difficult to defy titles and achievements.

– Roger (Federer) is one of my dear friends, I have so much respect for Rafa Nadal. I hope that one day they will both come back and win another Grand Slam. But it is also very clear, if Novak Djokovic ends his career with the most Grand Slam titles, then it is statistically impossible to discuss who is the greatest tennis player in history, based on the numbers on which we should base the debate – Rodik explained. and broadcasts “Tennis channel”.

Djokovic surpassed Pete Sampras in the number of seasons finished in first place, and in 2021, Djokovic broke the record for the number of weeks at the top of the ATP list and equaled the number of slams with Federer and Nadal.

– Seven years in the first place is just another thing in the story, with the most masters and a winning score with the two greatest players of all time. So at this point it is very difficult to argue against Novak. And he is in the best shape at the moment – Rodik added.

Recently, Djokovic broke the record for the number of titles won in the 1000 series (37) in Paris, and those are all arguments that put him ahead of the Swiss and the Spaniard.

Rodik also believes that Djokovic used the chance at the moment when Rafa and Roger were injured.

– Listen, he feels blood in the water, he knows that he probably plays the best tennis of his career and this may have been the best season ever – Rodik emphasized.

Djokovic missed the chance to take the “golden” and “calendar slam”, as he was defeated in the semifinals of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, and then in the finals of the US Open.

– We treated it as if it was the biggest shock in history, and by the way, he lost to another tennis player on the planet (Danilo Medvedeva) after he won three Grand Slams. But, such is the level we expect from him, as if he must not lose from when. It is madness and he knows it – the American concluded.

We remind you that at the end of the first decade of this century, Rodik was one of Djokovic’s fiercest critics and rivals. The two of them were also on the verge of a physical confrontation.

During that period, Rodik repeatedly emphasized his intolerance towards the Serbian player, whom he considered to be handing over matches.


Source: Vesti online by www.vesti-online.com.

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