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Federer hails Djokovic run

20th March 2019, 18:22 by Dan McCarthy

Roger Federer says it would be a great achievement for Novak Djokovic to hold all four Grand Slam events at the same time.

In May, Djokovic will aim to win the French Open to continue his run of winning consecutive major tournaments.

Incredibly, he has already done this once, in 2016, putting him in the esteemed company alongside Don Budge, who achieved the feat in 1938, and Rod Laver in 1962 and 1969.

It continues a remarkable rise in form for the Serb, who looked to be on the decline in the first half 2018 after a series of injuries, including having to undergo elbow surgery.

However, he has recovered and could be set for Grand Slam glory once again if he wins the French Open and has all four, something which Federer or Rafa Nadal have never done.

And Federer says it is a superb achievement despite conditions lending themselves better to players these days.

“(It’s) super-impressive. It ranks all the way up there, in my opinion,” Federer told Sport 360. “There is also no secret that nowadays it’s easier to do than maybe before then.

“The difference was just so extreme that it was hard to do what [Bjorn] Borg did, you know, winning back-to-back French Opens and Wimbledons because the game was so different.

“So it shows that it is more possible today. But the feat, still regardless of the conditions are easier, is still and would be an unbelievable one. Credit to him.”

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Dan McCarthy is a reporter who is very knowledgeable about football at all levels, and a keen Leeds United fan. He also follows darts, snooker, motorsport, and rugby league.

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