Stefan Edberg assesses if Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic can match Roger Federer’s 20-Grand Slam haul

Edberg assesses if Nadal and Djokovic can match Federer's 20-Grand Slam haul
Edberg rates Federer as the greatest (Picture: Getty)

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.

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epa06456309 Novak Djokovic of Serbia stretches during his third round match against Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, 20 January 2018. EPA/MARK CRISTINO
Could Djokovic catch him? (Picture: EPA)

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.

epa06565283 Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal speaks at a press conference prior to the start of the Mexican Open in Acapulco, Mexico, 25 February 2018. Nadal, second in the ranking of the ATP, will return to play after a hip injury took him out of the quarter finals in the Australian Open. EPA/JOSE MENDEZ
Nadal is four Slams behind Federer (Picture: EPA)
Tennis - ATP 500 - Rotterdam Open - Final - Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands - February 18, 2018 - Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after winning against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria. REUTERS/Michael Kooren
Federer has been in great form (Picture: Reuters)

‘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.’

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