Former Slovenian tennis player Aljaz Bedene said Roger Federer had “the greatest influence on tennis” but he feels it will be Novak Djokovic who will be the greatest in terms of results. Federer, a former 20-time Grand Slam champion, retired from professional tennis after this year’s Laver Cup.
Throughout his career, Federer was viewed as the ultimate tennis icon and the best possible ambassador for the game. Many feel that Federer elevated tennis to a completely new level and helped the game reach new heights.
However, he didn’t finish with the all-time Grand Slam record. Rafael Nadal owns a record 22 Grand Slams, while Djokovic has 21 Majors in his collection. When it is all said and done, Bedene expects Djokovic to finish with the all -time Grand Slam record.
“You have to open your eyes. Roger Federer had the greatest influence that is remembered in the world of tennis. If we talk about the best in terms of results, it will definitely be Novak Djokovic. I am of the opinion that the Serbian will be the player with the most Grand Slam titles once all three have retired, also from Masters 1000, even in number of tournaments.
I have played against all three many times and Novak has the most difficult ball to tackle, he is perfect,” Bedene told Sport Klub.
Bedene on playing Djokovic, Federer & Nadal
After this year’s US Open, Bedene retired from professional tennis.
During his time on the Tour, he made many friendships. When it comes to the Big Three, Bedene says that at the end of the day they are just humans, who will politely greet you when they meet you in the locker room. “I remember being recognized and greeted by even the best, such as Rafa Nadal at the last US Open.
Despite their greatness, tennis greats are still only human; I got along well with everyone for the most part. I was in the best relationships with Robert Bautista Agut, Damir Dzumhur and, of course, most of the Serbs, except for Novak Djokovic. We didn’t have the same schedule,” Bedene explained.