‘Novak Djokovic is by far the strongest of the big three,’ says former top-ten star

Novak Djokovic is ‘by far the strongest’ of the big three, says his compatriot Janko Tipsarevic.

Between them, Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, ad Roger Federer have won a staggering 56 Grand Slam titles and are actively vying with each other to finish their careers on top of the records tables.

With 17 major titles, Djokovic is lagging behind his rivals in that race, although he is also the youngest of the three, and betters them in many other comparisons.

But, according to former world number eight Tipsarevic, there is only one man who sets the benchmark for greatness in tennis.

“I was not comfortable with Federer and Nadal’s style of play, but for me the strongest is Novak Djokovic,” he told L’Equipe.

“When he’s at his best, he’s by far the strongest member of the big three.”

That sentiment appears to be backed up by the Nadal camp too, with his uncle and former coach Toni Nadal lifting the lid on how they used to prepare Rafa for matches with his rivals.

“For me it has always been more and more difficult to prepare matches against Djokovic than those with Federer,” Toni Nadal told Eurosport France.

“Because we had a plan against Roger, we knew that Rafa had to push hard with his backhand and with a high trajectory, so that the chances of winning would increase.

“With Nole, however, you never know what to do. You just have to try to play big.”

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