Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal Will “Go Beyond 20” and Surpass Roger Federer in Grand Slam Tally Says Renowned Journalist

Published 02/26/2021, 9:30 AM EST
Novak Djokovic of Serbia shakes hands with Rafael Nadal of Spain after winning the match point during their final singles match daring day 10 of the ATP Cup at Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)


Novak Djokovic recently won his 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open 2021. It is his 9th Australian Open title and many experts are even calling him the ‘King of Hard Court’ after his splendid performance.

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He put up an incredible show against the man in-form Daniil Medvedev in the finals and showed why he is one of the greatest players.

With his recent triumph at the Australian Open 2021, World No.1 Novak Djokovic is just 2 Grand Slams behind arch-rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. There are speculations about whether he will be able to equal or even surpass them in 2021 or not.

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In a recent interview, renowned American sports journalist Steve Flink revealed that Djokovic would go beyond 20 Grand Slam titles. He also believes that Djoker will easily surpass Federer in near future.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia shakes hands with Roger Federer of Switzerland 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)

“I think he’ll go beyond 20,” began Flink. “I expect him to pass Federer, I really do. The question to me is how many more Roland Garros does Rafa win?

“Because that could be the settling factor. If Rafa wins this year and next year to get to 22, then that means Djokovic has to have four more just to tie.”

Steve Flink feels that Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal can end up in a tie in the Grand Slam tally

Flink also revealed that there is a possibility that Djokovic and Nadal might end up with equal Grand Slams. He also said that Nadal may end with one more than Djoker but mentioned that according to him, they both would easily surpass Federer.

Rafael Nadal of Spain and Novak Djokovic of Serbia while playing a tie break doubles exhibition match against Simone Halep of Romania and Alexander Zverev of Germany. May 26th, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

“If Rafa wins only one of the two or if a miracle happens and he doesn’t win either one, I don’t know. It makes me think that likelihood is that Djokovic and Nadal could end up in a tie or Rafa could end up potentially one ahead of Djokovic.

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“But, I expect them both to pass Federer,” concluded the American journalist.

Roger Federer will return to the court after almost a year. In a situation like this, it’ll definitely be difficult for him to compete with players who are almost half of his age and win Grand Slam titles.

On the other hand, Rafa and Djoker still have a better physique and have few more years to play. Will Djokovic be able to surpass Nadal in the Grand Slam tally at the end of his career?

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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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