“Could Happen More Frequently”: When Roger Federer Downgraded Novak Djokovic’s Accomplishment

Published 09/23/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 06: Roger Federer of Switzerland looks over at Novak Djokovic of Serbia as he walks past him during a change of ends during the Gentlemen’s Singles Final match on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 6, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)


If there is one thing that Roger Federer hasn’t accomplished in his successful career, it is holding all the majors together at once. While his arch-rival, Novak Djokovic, achieved the same in 2015, he came really close to doing that once again in 2019 after winning Wimbledon and the US Open 2018 title, followed by his victory at the Australian Open 2019.

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Back in 2019 in an interview, even though Roger Federer hailed Novak Djokovic for his incredible achievement, he clearly downgraded him as well. He stated that holding four majors was no longer a really big accomplishment in the sport.

Novak Djokovic shakes hands with Roger Federer at the net following victory in his Men’s Singles final. Day thirteen of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

“It could happen more frequently. That’s what we’re seeing. I won three, made the finals of one. Rafa, I think he was also, I’m sure, close many times. Novak’s now been extremely close and has done it once, now maybe going for another one,” said Federer back then.

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Federer believes that winning all majors in one go is not a mammoth task in the present days. He highlighted that even he and Rafael Nadal came so close of pulling off the same.

“So it shows that it is more possible today. But the feat, still, regardless if the conditions are easier, is still, and would be, an unbelievable one. So yeah, credit to him,” added the Swiss Maestro.

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Roger Federer feels that holding four Grand Slams together is relatively an easier task in the modern era

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In the same interview, Federer explained why winning all majors before was a much more difficult task before the modern era. He claimed that the surfaces are more even today which makes it much more comfortable for players to play.

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer greet each other as they cross over training sessions. Court Philippe-Chatrier at the 2019 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on May 23rd 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

“There is also no secret that nowadays it’s easier to do maybe than before. It’s just that the surfaces play more even today, more equal. Back in the day, you had really fast grass courts to extremely slow clay courts,” concluded the 20-time Grand Slam champion.

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Clearly, although Federer seemed impressed with Djokovic, he didn’t consider this as a huge achievement. Whatever be the case, Nole failed to win the French Open title in 2019 and thus, failed to hold all the four majors together for a second time.

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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