Roger Federer Expects a New Talent to Break The 20 Grand Slam Titles Record

Published 09/28/2021, 1:30 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates winning his third round match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie Pool via REUTERS/Jed Leicester


Roger Federer is considered one of the most elegant and effortless players of all time. The Swiss has won 20 Grand Slam titles, so far, in his storied career. In a recent interview with BritishGQ, Federer claimed that a new player might emerge and break the record of 20 Grand Slam titles currently held by himself, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic.

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Roger Federer on breaking the record of 20 Grand Slam titles

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In the interview, Federer opened up about retirement, mental health, and records. According to the Swiss, he’s confident that a new talent might emerge and break the record of 20 Grand Slam titles. He said, “I feel like it’s easier to dominate through the different surfaces nowadays…So, yes, a new, incredible player will, I believe, break our run of 20 Grand Slams eventually – but not overnight.” The Swiss feels that reaching 20 Grand Slam championships will take time, as it requires focus and determination.

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

Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal are currently tied at 20 Grand Slam titles. At 40, Federer is the oldest player in the Open Era, with 20 major titles and the most Grand Slam finals, semi-finals, and quarter-finals among any male player. Truly, the Big Three have dominated throughout the Grand Slams in the last 18 years.

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Novak Djokovic denied his 21st Grand Slam at US Open 2021

Novak Djokovic entered the US Open as a favorite. Before reaching the Flushing Meadows, the Serbian had already triumphed at all Grand Slams in 2021. Djokovic was aiming for his Calendar Grand Slam as well as his 21st major title. The World No. 1 emphatically reached the finals of the US Open without any significant hurdles. However, Daniil Medvedev crushed Novak Djokovic in the finals to claim his first Grand Slam title. It took just three sets for Medvedev to defeat the World No. 1.

Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; (L-R) Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Daniil Medvedev of Russia celebrate with the finalist and championship trophies, respectively, after their match in the men’s singles final on day fourteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

Novak Djokovic is now at 20 Grand Slam titles tied with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Federer and Nadal, who are currently recovering from their injuries are hoping to return for the 2022 season. Clearly, the race for the most Grand Slam titles will continue at the Australian Open 2022.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analyzing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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