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Djokovic can reign over big rivals: Rusedski


On form: Novak Djokovic
On form: Novak Djokovic

By Andy Sims

The men's US Open is a straight fight to finish the year with two Grand Slam titles, according to former finalist Greg Rusedski.

The so-called 'big three' of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have each claimed one major title in 2018; Federer the Australian Open, Nadal the French and Djokovic Wimbledon.

Former British No.1 Rusedksi, the runner-up in 1997, cannot see beyond the usual suspects at the last Grand Slam event of the year, and Djokovic is his pick to triumph at Flushing Meadows.

He said: "You have a big race at the moment for who's going to end up with the most majors in their career. Federer has 20, Nadal's got 17, Djokovic has 13, so they all desperately want to win two majors this year.

"The guy with the most majors in the year, even if they're not World No.1, feels like the best player on the planet.

"Rafa's got his form right now, Federer played well in Cincinnati and the crowd really gets behind him, but for some reason I feel like Djokovic has turned a corner, historically on the hard courts he's right. I can't see anybody outside of the big three."

Andy Murray is finally set to make his Grand Slam return having missed the last four through injury, but Rusedski fears the former World No.1 may never get back to his peak.

He added: "I hope he surprises us again and can do great things, but physically will he get back to where he needs to be?

"He can still play to a good level, but will he be satisfied not being at the very top?"

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