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'Novak Djokovic is close to surpassing Roger Federer in history,' says Marian Vajda

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Novak Djokovic is 'close' to surpassing Roger Federer in history, claims his coach Marian Vajda.

Djokovic is involved in a three-way battle for men's' tennis' greatest records with Federer and Nadal, and he will likely pass the Swiss star for most weeks spent as world number one in March.

And, while Federer currently holds three more Grand Slam titles than the Serbian, Vajda believes that won't be for long now either.

"That is his goal and I very much believe that it will happen. He can break all records," Vajda told Novostri.

"And he’s so close to doing that. He is healthy, he is still young compared to Federer, and we all support him in that."

Djokovic was well-beaten by Nadal in the French Open final earlier this month, but Vajda has dismissed it as simply one of those days.

"It was one of Novak's bad days and the best day for Nadal. But Novak still remains the world number one.

"Our team is proud of his great results this year and is happy to work with him, because he still has the motivation to improve in all areas and to be the best player in history!"

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Vajda also spoke of his relationship with Novak Djokovic, and when asked how long he sees himself working with the world number one, he gave a very emphatic answer.

“I hope until he breaks all records. Let’s start by winning more than 20 Grand Slams together!

“If you have such a long friendship with him as I have, for so many years, then you will succeed! We are like a family.

"The magic word is – compromise. It always has to be. There are no other secrets.

"In the beginning, when I was a very young coach, it was not easy with Novak.

"Both he and his family wanted to be the best in the world. So, I had to be an extremely good coach in order to fulfil his and his family’s dreams.

"I was focused from day one and I was not allowed to make mistakes. And, I don’t seem to have made a lot of them! In time, I became not only a coach but also a good friend.”

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