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Tim points at grand slam record for Novak

By Nick Purewal

Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic can eclipse the grand slam records of both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, according to Tim Henman.

The Serbian powered past Federer to clinch the Wimbledon title for the second year in succession, again denying the Swiss master his record eighth All England Club crown.

Djokovic secured his ninth grand slam title at the age of 28, with former British number one Henman backing him to home in on Nadal's tally of 14 and even Federer's 17-strong haul.

"His preparation, his discipline, his diet; it's all first class," Henman said of Djokovic.

"He's in his prime and I think that he can stay at the top of the game for another five or six years.

"If you think of those opportunities in the grand slams, if it's five years, it's 20: and I see him adding to this collection very, very soon.

"I think Nadal will return to the top of the game. He's still young, and you see Federer playing the best tennis I've ever seen him play two days ago against Andy Murray in the semi-finals.

"He wasn't able to replicate that against Djokovic in the final, but Djokovic, Murray and Nadal have still got plenty of years ahead of them.

"Federer, at 33, there's probably more of a question mark there."

Three-time Wimbledon finalist Andy Roddick hailed Djokovic for "marching through history", praising the Serbian for completely overhauling perceived fitness concerns from the early stages of his career.

"Novak can go to sleep tonight saying, 'I've had more grand slams than (Jimmy) Connors, (John) McEnroe, (Andre) Agassi, (Boris) Becker, (Stefan) Edberg, (Mats) Wilander'... the list just goes on and on," Roddick admitted.

"He's marching through history right now and we're watching it.

"I hope I'm wrong, but I don't know whether Rafa will win another slam, with Novak dominating the way he is.

"I'm not sure where this ends for Novak."

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