Novak Djokovic will need at least 22 Grand Slams to beat Rafael Nadal, says Greg Rusedski

Novak Djokovic is going to need at least five more Grand Slam titles to beat Rafael Nadal in the race for the most major titles, says Greg Rusedski. 

Djokovic currently has 17 career Grand Slam titles, two behind Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

He is, however, the youngest of the three and is expected to play for longer than his rivals, meaning he should get the opportunity to reign them in.

Rusedski, though, thinks Djokovic will need a big year next year to make inroads given Nadal is likely to add to his tally further at the French Open.

“His major disappointment will still be the US Open. It put his season off and he kind of wants to finish on a high so people don’t remember that from this year.

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“And if he wins the ATP Finals, it’s great momentum going into 2021. He was expecting to be at 18 Majors right now. If he wins the O2, he matches [Roger] Federer’s record and next year goes for seven.

“It also puts him on a good springboard to try to get two or three Majors next year.

“He’s going to need that because Rafa’s probably going to win the French Open next year and the year after. So, that’s already 22 that Novak needs.”

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