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Impossible to call Grand Slam race after Novak Djokovic Australian Open triumph, says analyst

Tennisbuzz GOAT race graphic updated 2021 Feb Djokovic Federer Nadal

Mats Wilander says it is impossible to predict who will win most Grand Slams after Novak Djokovic won the Australian Open.

Djokovic maintained his perfect record of nine titles in nine finals in Melbourne with a powerful display against Daniil Medvedev on Rod Laver Arena.

It leaves the world number one just two Grand Slams short of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, and Wilander believes this year could be pivotal.

"It was disappointing for Novak Djokovic at the US Open, but it’s starting again with Rafa winning Roland-Garros on 20," Eurosport expert Wilander said.

"Now with Novak on 18 we start thinking Novak is most probably the favourite to win the US Open because it’s hard court.

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"Wimbledon? Maybe he’s the favourite. At the end of this year who knows who’s going to be in the lead."

Djokovic said before the match he intended to make the younger players work incredibly hard for a spot at the top, and he was true to that to a ruthless degree.

"[The win] is a huge statement to them, to us, to the whole world.

"Novak is just so complete these days, he can hit those little drop shots, he can come to the net, he’s got choices."

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