The Swiss, currently the tennis player with more Grand Slam titles, admits that age will make Rafa and Novak, one and four 'great' of him right now, end up beating him.
New tense year and new occasion for Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic to reach Roger Federer in the historical classification of Grand Slam titles. The Swiss sum 20 'big', for the Spanish 19 and the 16 from Serbian. Australia will be Manacor's first chance to match Basel, to go on the side of Djokovic's box, while Rafa will do it on the side of Russian Medvedev.
“It is obvious that both of them will win more Grand Slam titles than me“Federer acknowledged in a statement that includes the website 'tennis.com'.” The normal thing is that they have more years ahead competing than me and the level they showed in 2019 makes me sure they will do it, “he explained.
The Swiss also had time to remember the first times he faced his two great rivals. “When I first played with Novak I realized that he was very good, I thought he could have a good career, but nothing that came close to what he has achieved. And with Rafa, the same. I think he won three or four times in Roland Garros, but … Everything you have achieved? It's amazing“.
Third quarterfinals of the Australian Open
Rafael Nadal (ESP / N.1) – Dominic Thiem (AUT / N.5)
Daniil Medvedev (RUS / N.4) – Alexander Zverev (GER / N.7)
Matteo Berrettini (ITA / N.8) – Roger Federer (SUI / N.3)
Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE / N.6) – Novak Djokovic (SRB / N.2)
Ashleigh Barty (AUS / N.1) – Petra Kvitova (CZE / N.7)
Naomi Osaka (JPN / N.3) – Serena Williams (USA / N.8)
Belinda Bencic (SUI / N.6) – Simona Halep (ROM / N.4)
Elina Svitolina (UKR / N.5) – Karolina Pliskova (CZE / N.2)
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