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Tim Henman tips Novak Djokovic to chase Roger Federer's Grand Slam record

By Staff Reporter

Published 22/04/2015

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates with the winners trophy after defeating Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic in the final during day eight of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters tennis at the Monte-Carlo Sporting Club on April 19, 2015 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates with the winners trophy after defeating Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic in the final during day eight of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters tennis at the Monte-Carlo Sporting Club on April 19, 2015 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.

Novak Djokovic is "the machine" who will get close to Roger Federer's Grand Slam record and go down as one of the greatest players of all time, according to former British number one Tim Henman.

Djokovic has already won the Australian Open this year and became the first man to win all three opening Masters events of the season when he triumphed in Monte Carlo on Sunday.

The 27-year-old is favourite to lift his first title at the French Open next month, which would see him add to his eight Grand Slam victories and close the gap on Rafael Nadal and Federer, who have 14 and 17 respectively.

Djokovic is yet to enjoy the same adulation as Federer, admired for his style, and Nadal, renowned for his athleticism, but Henman believes the Serb is starting to establish his own kind of dominance.

"Djokovic is the machine," said Henman. "It's the way he's hitting the ball from the baseline, how aggressively he plays and how he does it with so few unforced errors.

"His ability to turn defence into attack is second to none. He will be considered in the same class as Federer and Nadal.

"Djokovic has won eight Slams but in the future that number is going to climb to 11, 12, 13 and maybe more. When he does that he will go down as one of the greats."

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