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Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal told why Roger Federer has ‘superior’ impact on tennis

Roger Federer has been tipped to leave behind a greater legacy than his long-time rivals Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. The 41-year-old recently ended his career at the Laver Cup and has now been told that the impact he has on tennis is “superior” to that of Djokovic and Nadal, despite the pair surpassing some of Federer’s biggest records.

Federer’s incredible 24-year career came to an end at the Laver Cup as he returned for one final match, playing doubles alongside Nadal for Team Europe. The 20-time Grand Slam champion was joined by his biggest rivals for the historic occasion as he waved goodbye to tennis with Nadal, Djokovic and Andy Murray by his side as his teammates.

The former world No 1 had barely played in the last two years after battling a right knee injury and saw his Grand Slam record surpassed by Nadal and Djokovic this year, while the Serb also bested his record of most weeks at world No 1 last season. But one of the Big Three’s old rivals has now claimed that Federer has the biggest legacy in the sport regardless of numbers.

Thomas Berdych – who reached the 2010 Wimbledon final after beating Federer and Djokovic back-to-back – said that Federer’s impact was greater than any on-court result. “Those who want to compare the best by numbers will find arguments for different options,” the former world No 4 told iDnes.

“The number of Grand Slams may be the most objective measure, but there are athletes who have left a great mark.” The 13-time title winner said that Federer more than fell into that category, admitting he was “superior” to his rivals when it came to his impact on tennis.

Berdych continued: “I think Roger will leave a bigger mark than Djokovic. I think he is a bigger icon than Nadal. Perhaps, because he started this great era. What he did for tennis cannot be surpassed by any result.”
Explaining his reasoning, the retired Czech star added: “A lot of people watched matches or started playing because of his ability. That is what makes it superior to others. Although, of course, I can understand if a fan finds something special in Nadal, Djokovic or other players.”

Berdych faced Federer a whopping 26 times during his career and was defeated by the Swiss star on 20 occasions. Nadal also beat the 37-year-old 20 times with Berdych winning just four of the meetings, while Djokovic has a staggering 25 wins to three losses against the retired star.

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