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'Novak Djokovic record proves he is by far the best player in the world,' says coach

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Goran Ivanisevic says Novak Djokovic is 'by far' the best player in the world, and his record proves it.

Djokovic is locked in a battle with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to be regarded as the greatest player of all time, and has been for most of his brilliant career.

He currently lacks behind them for total Grand Slam titles but is ahead of them in other regards, including weeks spent at world number one.

However, coach Goran Ivanisevic believes if you take Djokovic's record over the last 12 years - the period in which he has been competing against Nadal and Federer - there can be little doubt that he is superior to both.

“If you take the results from the last 12 years, from 2009, he won by far the most Grand Slams, he broke all the records,” Ivanisevic told BBC Sport.

“I think he’s the best. There’s always going to be a debate, but if you really take the results in the last 12 years, by far – not little – by far Novak is the best tennis player in the world.”

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Ivanisevic also recalled when he first properly met Djokovic, which was during a practice session before the Croatian won Wimbledon in 2001.

“We played a set, and then he gave me some chocolate because he thought I lost my energy.

“He was special. He had something that you cannot learn, or you cannot buy – you are born with that. He was not even kind of impressed.

“He played like he was playing with his older brother. I’m always going to remember his eyes, and back then he believed that he can beat me.”

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