Novak Djokovic US Open 2021

Novak Djokovic backed to be ‘the greatest player of all time’ by former British number one

Former world number four Greg Rusedski has snubbed Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer as he argued that Novak Djokovic will go down in history as the greatest player of all time. 

On Sunday, Djokovic produced an impressive display to defeat Stefanos Tsitsipas to win a record-extending 38th Masters 1000 title at the Italian Open.

The world number one crushed the Greek contender 6-0 in the opening set before sealing the second via tie-break to win his first title of 2022.

Earlier in the week, he also became only the fifth player ever to record 1,000 match wins after he beat Casper Ruud in the Rome semi-finals.

The 34-year-old, who admitted that he is in the best shape possible for next week’s French Open, is seeking to draw level with Rafael Nadal’s record 21 Major titles at the Paris Slam.

It will be the Serbian’s first opportunity to clinch a Grand Slam this season after he was banned from playing at the Australian Open in January and deported from the country as a result of his vaccination status.

Following Djokovic’s sixth Rome Open title, former British number one Greg Rusedski claimed that the two-time French Open champion will become the best player of all time and that the man from Belgrade could even break Margaret Court’s record of 24 Major titles.

The 48-year-old told reporters in a recent interview, “Djokovic will go down as the greatest player of all time.

“He has been world number one for the most weeks, he has a winning head-to-head record versus Nadal and Federer.

“He can end his career with 25 Grand Slam titles.”

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