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'Novak Djokovic is the best player that ever lived on hard courts,' claims John McEnroe

Novak Djokovic smiles at French Open

Tennis legend John McEnroe says Novak Djokovic is the best tennis player that ever lived on hard courts and has a good chance at winning the Golden Slam this year.

Djokovic has won both Grand Slams so far this year, the Australian Open in February and French Open in June.

In order to win the Golden Slam he would need to win Wimbledon, the Tokyo Olympics singles title followed by the US Open. A feat that only Steffi Graff has achieved before.

Djokovic himself has admitted that he has the Golden Slam in mind as he begins his Wimbledon title defence this week where he is the clear favourite to lift his sixth title.

Seven-time Grand Slam champion McEnroe says the world number one has already won the hardest major for him at Roland Garros and as long as he remains injury-free, the target is achievable.

“His biggest obstacle to me is if his body holds up through this. It looks amazing. He looked phenomenal. He’s halfway home. He won the tougher one,” McEnroe said.

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“He’s the best player that ever lived, I would say, on hard courts. If he’s able to maintain his health through this, I mean, I think he’s got a great shot at winning the Slam.

“I guess that means he’s going to go to Tokyo, which would be phenomenal for Serbia. I was wondering whether he’d do that."

McEnroe is impressed by the confidence Djokovic is showing and says it shows the great belief he has in his own ability.

"At this point the fact that he’s saying it shows you how much he believes he can do it.

“Normally you wouldn’t bring that up. It’s like saying, I’m about to pitch a no-hitter after six innings. That’s pretty gutsy in itself, shows you how confident he is.”

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