Roger Federer Lauds Novak Djokovic For French Open 2021 Success, But Says Anything Can Happen in Grand Slam Race

Published 06/14/2021, 1:01 PM EDT
PARIS, FRANCE May 23. Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Roger Federer of Switzerland great each other as they cross over training sessions on 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)


World No.8 Roger Federer recently registered his first win on grass this season. The Swiss maestro defeated Ilya Ivashka in straight sets in the first round of the Halle Open 2021. Federer looked quite confident with his shots and survived two really close sets in the match 7-6(4), 7-5.

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In the post-match interview, Federer applauded Novak Djokovic for his incredible performance at the French Open 2021. He touched upon how Nole made a terrific comeback against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final and even played amazingly well against Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals.

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)

“The way Djokovic came back against Tsitsipas was amazing. Even in the SF vs Nadal, there were unbelievable rallies,” said Federer in the interview.

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Djokovic achieved his 19th Grand Slam title after winning the Roland Garros 2021 title. This has now put him just one major behind Federer and Nadal’s tally of 20 Grand Slams. Interestingly, he now has one more French Open title than Federer.

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“Anything is possible”- Roger Federer on who will end with the most Grand Slam titles

In the same interview, Federer highlighted that right now, it is difficult to pick the player who’ll end his career with the most Grand Slam titles. He believes that as long as the ‘Big Three’ are playing, anything is possible.

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)

“As long as we play, anything is possible,” added the 20-time Grand Slam winner.

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There is a high possibility that Djokovic might equalize Federer and Rafa’s Grand Slam tally at the Wimbledon Championships 2021. He is the defending champion there and with his current form, he’ll surely begin the tournament as the favorite.

On the other hand, this might also be Roger Federer’s last Wimbledon. He is 39 right now and it will not be easy for him to compete with the players who are almost half of his age. Will Federer be able to lift his 21st major in London this year?

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