Former world No. 4 Nikolay Davydenko called Roger Federer the greatest tennis player of his generation.
Davydenko, 40, is from the same generation as 40-year-old Federer.
The different is that Davydenko retired in 2014, while Federer is still active and attempting to make another comeback.
“The greatest tennis player of my generation is Roger Federer, for me,” Davydenko said during his appearance on The Functional Tennis Podcast, as quoted on Sportskeeda. “Technically speaking, based on the forehand, his serve, his mentality on the court, the way he moves on the court. He is the guy who showed the world how tennis can be improved.”
‘A healthy and fit Federer would still be winning’
Federer underwent two major knee surgeries in 2020 but returned to the court last year.
Federer played in only five tournaments last year before calling it a season in August to undergo another knee surgery.
“If Federer were still playing today in a fit condition against Daniil Medvedev and Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas, I think he would still be winning Grand Slams,” Davydenko said.
Recently, Zverev stated that Djokovic was the greatest tennis player of all time.
Davydenko acknowledged Djokovic’s title but admitted he doesn’t like the way the Serb plays.
“I remember Alexander Zverev saying Novak Djokovic was the greatest player of all time,” Davydenko said. “Maybe based on the number of titles. Maybe according to the Grand Slams and Masters titles. But technically I don’t like the way Djokovic plays.”
Federer, Djokovic and Rafael Nadal each have 20 Grand Slams in their collection.
Murray was toe-to-toe with the Big Three for years but he only has three Grand Slams in his collection.
“Roger is still on top. After Djokovic, there is Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray. These three guys are at the same level,” Davydenko said. “Well, Murray is still No. 4 because he did not win as many Grand Slams.”