‘Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic did not just beat the record, they destroyed it,’ says Medvedev
Daniil Medvedev says we sometimes fail to achieve the sheer heights Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic have scaled in tennis.
Federer and Nadal both have 20 Grand Slam titles to their names, with Djokovic just behind on 17.
All three have dwarfed the previous record of 14, set by Pete Sampras, even though many at the time considered it to be unbreakable.
And, according to Medvedev, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic are so good, and have been so good for so long, that their achievements are sometimes overlooked.
“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 did not just beat the record, they destroyed the record.
“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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