KEY POINTS

  • Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are one of the most dominant players of tennis
  • Tennys Sandgren shared that he believes Djokovic is the best to ever play
  • Sandgren almost defeated Federer in the Australian Open Quarterfinals

The tennis world has been blessed with three of the best players to ever grace the courts. Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are the most decorated tennis players in the history of the sport. These three competitors have dominated the current era and the ATP tour, leaving little room for other stars to win a Grand Slam.

There have been competitors who came close to the level of the three with players such as Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka sneaking as the fourth top seed. While they’ve had their share of Major titles, the trio of Djokovic, Federer and Nadal remain to be the leading force in the sport. Federer has the most Majors with 20, Nadal follows with 19 and Djokovic is near 17. Djokovic is also the youngest among the three who is only 32 years old.

Among the rising stars of the game, Tennys Sandgren recently revealed who he thought was the best player on tour. Per Tennis World USA, he shared that he thought Djokovic has the edge as the most main player to look out for. “There is no doubt that Federer is more beautiful to look at, but Novak is the best ever.”

He continued by saying that the unpredictability of the sport and the pace that Djokovic plays at is what sets him apart. “We do one thing and he does another. We try to hit a winner, while he places the ball in difficult and irritating areas, where it is impossible to surprise him,” he said. The cerebral approach of the World Number 1 player puts him into an elite level only a few have attained. “He suffocates you slowly. What he does is just incredible,” Sandgren shared.

Sandgren impressed the tennis world in the recent Australian Open where he took Federer to five sets. At one point he was able to garner seven match points to take out the legend. Unfortunately for the American, Federer showed everyone why he’s a 20-time Grand Slam Champion and survived all seven match points. The Swiss went on to win 6-3, 2-6, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3.

Roger Federer (L) lost to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open semi-finals Roger Federer (L) lost to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open semi-finals Photo: AFP / William WEST