“Novak Djokovic Will Finally Surpass Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer”: Tennis Legend on Grand Slam Race

Published 05/22/2021, 3:16 PM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 15, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates during his quarter final match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane


There is an ever-going debate in tennis that who is the greatest of all time. Different experts and critics express their views and highlight that the one who will be able to win more majors will surely have an edge over the others. As of now, while Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have 20 Grand Slam titles each, Novak Djokovic has 18 majors to his name. However, he is the youngest of the three and has much more time than the other two.

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In a recent interview, Former World No.7 Barbara Schett revealed the name of the player who will end his career with the most majors according to her. Interestingly, he picked the name of Novak Djokovic and claimed that the Serbian will surely surpass Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the Grand Slam tally.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates defeating Gael Monfils of France with a score of 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 during their Men’s Singles Semifinal Match. Day Twelve of the 2016 US Open of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

“Both Djokovic and Nadal seem to be physically well at the moment. If I had to get wet, I would say that Nole will finally surpass Rafa and Roger in this data,” said Schett in the interview. (Translated by Google Translate)

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The former Austrian player mentioned that Rafa and Djoker both are fit at the moment. However, she stated that she has an intuition that Djoker will end his career with the maximum number of Grand Slams.

“All three have been incredible”- Barbara Schett on Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal

Barbara admitted that the ‘Big Three’ have raised the level of the sport. She emphasized that every tennis fan should thank them for their contribution and they have been brilliant on the court since the last decade. She even remarked that all of them are the best players that the sport has ever witnessed.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Rafael Nadal of Spain, and Roger Federer of Switzerland wait to go on stage during the ATP Heritage Celebration at The Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

“We have the big three to thank for all they have done. All three have been incredible. We will never experience anything like this again. Whether they win 21, 22, or 23 Grand Slams it doesn’t matter. Their careers have been outstanding. They will always be remembered as the big three, the three best players of this era. They are phenomenal,” added the 45-year-old.

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The ‘Big Three’ have won 58 Grand Slam titles out of the last 70. They have completely dominated the sport and it is surely difficult to pick anyone from them. However, it’ll be intriguing to see that who will end his career with the most Grand Slam titles.

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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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