Stefan Edberg spoke about Djokovic’s possible Grand Slam and the absence of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in an exclusive interview with Corriere dello Sport. “Novak Djokovic has proven to be one of the greatest in tennis history: unique and special for those of his generation, along with Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer. The Serbian has the chance to become the tennis player with the most Grand Slam titles, given Roger and Rafa’s physical problems. He certainly is the favorite to win the US Open and the Grand Slam, given the absence of the two historical rivals from him, but he will have to face very talented youngsters. I am thinking above all of Alexander Zverev, who has already beaten him recently and also clearly. It won’t be easy for Nole. Federer and Nadal, alongside him, dominated for a long time. Of course, both Roger and Rafa have significant physical problems.” Corretja on Roger Federer Former world number two Eurosport analyst and commentator Alex Corretja believes the Swiss legend’s intensity and ball speed are even higher than anyone else’s. “I think Roger Federer wants to make the most of the tennis he has left. He doesn’t want to retire through the back door, he wants to do it by playing. He [he is] too good to retire through the back door,” the Spaniard told Marca. “If he has surgery (his knee) it is because he seems competitive. At Wimbledon, at 50 percent, he reaches the quarterfinals. He may think that if he’s okay, he still has a chance of winning there. His intensity and ball speed continues to be superior to that of the others.”
Thiem praises Roger Federer
Roger Federer was forced to withdraw from the US Open and end his 2021 season due to a knee injury, for which he will be getting a third surgery in 18 months. While commenting on a video of an old Roger Federer training session, 27-year-old Dominic Thiem showered rich praise on the 20-time Grand Slam champion’s movement and hand-eye coordination. “Very, very difficult exercises, but Roger makes it look easy, like everything he does. It’s a great video but super difficult,” Thiem said. “I think many people underestimate how good an athlete he is,” the 27-year-old added. “I mean, you can see it in this video. How he moves and all this hand-eye coordination, it’s simply amazing.” Dominic Thiem and Roger Federer have faced each other seven times on tour, with Thiem leading the head-to-head 5-2.