Stefan Edberg believes Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic could still catch Roger Federer’s 20-Grand Slam haul, although he admitted it’s ‘nearly impossible’.
The 36-year-old Swiss stormed to a joint-record sixth Australian Open title at the start of 2018, before returning to world No. 1 on his way to winning the Rotterdam Open, and Edberg believes he’s all but cemented his status as the greatest player of all time.
However, the six-time Grand Slam champion did throw some caution to the wind, suggesting that Nadal and Djokovic may yet catch the Swiss in the Grand Slam charts.
Nadal is four behind Federer on 16, while Djokovic is four behind the Spaniard on 12, but the pair do have several years on the legendary star.
While Edberg thinks the door is certainly open for the pair to overcome Federer’s total, he insists they have a ‘long, long way’ to go to matching him.
‘There have been a lot of great players throughout but if you look at his record, number one (for the longest) number of weeks, the most Grand Slams, he is probably the greatest player of all time,’ Edberg told PTI.
‘If there is another player who could do the same, it’s Rafael Nadal. He is still young enough to get up there, if he can stay healthy.
‘And you have Novak Djokovic, who has won a lot of Grand Slams. Those are the two players who have a chance to get to 20 Grand Slams.
‘But it’s a long, long way and it is nearly impossible. Apart from that, it’s going to take another 10-15 years before anybody has a chance to achieve the same.’