Novak Djokovic catching Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal forces Marian Vajda to alter thoughts | Tennis | Sport
Djokovic closed the hole on Grand Slam icons Federer and Nadal by scooping the US Open title earlier this month.
The Serb’s triumph at Flushing Meadows got here simply months after he beat Wimbledon by placing Kevin Anderson to the sword.
Vadja has overseen Novak Djokovic’s gorgeous transformation and, ought to he triumph on the Australian Open in January, extra acclaim awaits.
The 31-year-old has gained 14 Slams – the identical as Pete Sampras – 4 lower than Nadal and 6 behind Federer.
But Vadja has backed Djokovic to shut that hole additional – conceding he as soon as thought the duo have been out of attain.
“The 14 is a number. I mean, it’s amazing: 14!” Vadja stated.
“Years in the past, I might say that Rafa (Nadal) and Roger Federer went too removed from him, ?
“Too [far] forward of him with the Grand Slams.
“Now I’ve a sense he’s [catching] up with them.
“He’s so shut now, three from Rafa and 6—OK, six continues to be unbelievable—away [from] Roger.
“Now we will anticipate him to actually problem to be world primary by finish of the 12 months, nevertheless it’s nonetheless far-off.”
Former British tennis participant Greg Rusedski additionally thinks Djokovic could catch the duo.
“Novak was by far the best player of this tournament,” he stated, referring to the US Open.
“Juan Del Potro discovered a method to get again into the match after being down 6-3, 3-1 after which he threw the kitchen sink at Djokovic – defensively he was fairly unbelievable.
“The manner the courtroom was taking part in, it was sluggish, the roof was closed.
“Everything was getting in his favour because it was with Wimbledon within the semi-finals towards Rafael Nadal.
“If I have a look at what Djokovic has completed within the final months, in Miami he was within the wilderness and nowhere close to the participant he as soon as was, then he employed the group, obtained again his coach, obtained again his physio and that’s the reason he’s having fun with this second a lot.
“Two Grand Slam titles this 12 months – unbelievable feat.
“I feel he’ll be No 1 on the earth by the tip of the 12 months in addition to the person to beat and don’t be shocked if he ties Federer’s document of 20 or will get much more the best way he’s taking part in in the mean time.”