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Roger Federer names ‘nice’ aspect of Novak Djokovic’s US Open final vs Daniil Medvedev

“I think it is possible that it’s going to be and going to happen again.

“We saw it with Novak, myself and Rafa [Nadal] that we come extremely close, but doing it I think you need a bit of luck, you need personal strengths, you need everything and that’s why I think it’s going to be hard but it’s possible.

“We have to ask also Rod Laver what he thought because he was sitting first row watching Novak play, but what Novak did this year was truly exceptional.”

Although Djokovic and Federer remain level for now, the Serb holds the age advantage which makes it highly likely he will pull away as the all-time Grand Slam leader in the future.

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Roger Federer names ‘nice’ aspect of Novak Djokovic’s US Open final vs Daniil Medvedev

Daniil Medvedev wins US Open to deny Novak Djokovic calendar Grand Slam

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Roger Federer claims that one of the brightest elements of Novak Djokovic’s US Open final defeat to Daniil Medvedev was seeing legend Rod Laver watching on from the stands. The beaten finalist was aiming to equal a feat achieved by Laver back in the 1960s when he held all four Grand Slam titles simultaneously in a single year.

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Laver won a total of 11 Grand Slams during his illustrious career, as well as achieving the calendar Grand Slam most recently in 1969.

In 2016, Djokovic became the first man since Laver to hold all titles simultaneously, although he aimed to go one better in 2021 by holding all available Grand Slam titles within a single year.

He achieved success at Wimbledon, the Australian Open and, most difficult of all, the French Open, but fell agonisingly short by losing out in the final at Flushing Meadows.

His straight-sets defeat to Medvedev, 6-4 6-4 6-4, ensured that the 34-year-old stayed level with both Federer and Rafa Nadal on a total of 20 Grand Slams each.


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Roger Federer has won 20 career Grand Slam titles

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That was not the prime reason the Swiss found joy in witnessing Medvedev’s maiden Grand Slam title, however.

“For me, Rod Laver is an absolute, true legend of the game and not only him but his whole generation of players,” Federer told Mercedez-Benz.

“I’m really thankful for everything they have done back in the day.

“It was nice to see him again at the US Open in the finals watching Novak trying to equal his counted Grand Slam.

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“I think it is possible that it’s going to be and going to happen again.

“We saw it with Novak, myself and Rafa [Nadal] that we come extremely close, but doing it I think you need a bit of luck, you need personal strengths, you need everything and that’s why I think it’s going to be hard but it’s possible.

“We have to ask also Rod Laver what he thought because he was sitting first row watching Novak play, but what Novak did this year was truly exceptional.”

Although Djokovic and Federer remain level for now, the Serb holds the age advantage which makes it highly likely he will pull away as the all-time Grand Slam leader in the future.



Novak Djokovic fell agonisingly short of achieving the calendar Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows

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The 40-year-old’s hopes of adding more to his collection are fading, not helped by undergoing his third knee surgery within the past 18 months, but he admitted that recovery is going well.

“I’m feeling actually really good considering that things are not as I hope they would be, but you know I’m recovering well and rehab is going really good,” he said.

“Of course, I wish I could be back on the tennis court as quick as possible but I have to be patient and look, it’s a slower period right now.

“I’ve got to take it step by step but so far so good so, I am very happy.”

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