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'They destroyed the record' - Daniil Medvedev pays tribute to Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic

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Daniil Medvedev has paid tribute to Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic, saying they have all 'destroyed' the former record for Grand Slam wins.

Before Nadal (20), Federer (20), and Djokovic (17), it was Pete Sampras who held the record of most career Grand Slam titles with 14.

At the time, the total Sampras was able to set was considered to be unreachable by anyone else, and Medvedev says people don't really appreciate the scale of the achievement by tennis' current big three.

"I remember when Sampras beat the record for Grand Slams," Medvedev said. "I was really young.

"I remember all the news saying: 'This record is forever,' just like with [Lionel] Messi and [Cristiano] Ronaldo in football.

"Then the three guys came. They did not just beat the record, they destroyed the record.

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"It is amazing because, for example, me, I am 25, I'm playing good tennis. I feel like I'm one of the top players in the world.

"I have zero Slams. Imagine for me to get to 20, I need to win every slam for five years in a row.

"Five years in a row I need to win every Slam against amazing opponents, five-set matches, not be injured.

"That's ridiculous numbers. For me, they're for sure the three greatest players in the history of tennis."

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