“Can Make it Easily Past 20”: Pete Sampras Backs Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic to Break Roger Federer’s Record

Published 09/03/2020, 6:05 AM EDT


One of the biggest achievements in the sport of tennis is the Grand Slam record. Currently, Roger Federer is the one holding it, but his rivals – Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are getting dangerously close.

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This has led many people to wonder – who will end up winning this race? Here are Pete Sampras and Tim Henman’s views on this topic.

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Recently, Pete Sampras and Tim Henman featured in a great conversation about all things ATP Champions Tour. During this conversation, they gave their opinions on the prized Grand Slam record. Sampras expressed his viewpoint first and said,

“Novak and Rafa being younger than Roger, who knows how long Roger is going to play. If Novak plays for another 5 years and Rafa, they can make it easily past 20. I know Roger is already at 20 but they got to do it.”

Sampras is clearly backing Nadal and Djokovic to beat Federer’s record. However, fans want to know who among them will end up holding the record, and that question was answered by Tim Henman. He said,

“I think Rafa has had more physical issues, I think he is more susceptible to injuries. So when you look at Novak’s physique, you look at his age, look how dominant, I think he has won 5 out of the last 7 majors. You know, over 5 sets, I think he is such a difficult proposition to beat.”

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Novak Djokovic Going For The Record

Novak has made it painstakingly clear that he is eyeing the Grand Slam record as he wants to galvanize his legacy as the GOAT. He is only 3 majors away from equaling it, and this year’s US Open takes him one step closer to finally materializing his dream.

The Serb has kick-started his campaign with wins over the course of 2 matches. And considering that he has not lost a battle this season, he will probably go on to win 5 more to seal the title.

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