‘Novak Djokovic will win more Grand Slams than Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer,’ says two former world number ones

Former world number ones Jim Courier and Andy Roddick have both tipped Novak Djokovic to beat Rafael Nadal in the Grand Slams race.

Djokovic currently trails both Nadal and Roger Federer by three, although he appears to have more years left at the top of the game.

Additionally, while Nadal is always the huge favourite at Roland Garros, Djokovic is stronger than the Spaniard on grass and hard courts, and Courier and Roddick both think that makes him the favourite.

“The way I see it… Novak will win more majors from today than the other two players, I believe,” Courier told Tennis Channel.

“Nadal I think will be second in that competition. Federer, maybe he has another one in him. He was oh so close at Wimbledon last year. Let’s not forget that Novak stole one there. It could easily be Federer 21 and Djokovic 16.

“But I think Nadal has probably got 2-3 more in him, I think that Djokovic is somewhere in that five-six range, all assuming health.”

Courier’s fellow American Andy Roddick agreed, but he added he thinks circumstances have conspired against Djokovic already.

“In my mind, it’s pretty straightforward,” he said Tennis Channel. “I think Novak Djokovic is the favourite in three out of the four Slams for the next year or two.

“If you think back in 2020, he misses Wimbledon where he’s been the best player for a long time [because it was cancelled due to the pandemic].

“The US Open happens and he hits the lines lady. Now it looks like Australia’s in a bit of flux. Novak’s going, ‘Come on, we gotta get on the court, we gotta play these matches while I’m in the prime of my career.’”

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