In the ongoing debate over which member of the ‘Big Three’ will finish with the most Grand Slams, Fabio Fognini has given his backing to world No 1 Novak Djokovic.
In February, Djokovic won his 17th major title after a five-set victory over Dominic Thiem in the Australian Open.
It puts Djokovic now just three behind Roger Federer, who leads the all-time list with 20 while Rafael Nadal sits on 19.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic causing the suspension of the tennis season, it remains to be seen whether Djokovic will be able to add to his tally in 2020.
Wimbledon in July was cancelled last month though the traditionally May scheduled French Open was moved to September.
While the US Tennis Association is hopeful of the US Open getting underway on his current date of August 31.
Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have shared the last 13 Grand Slam titles and remain the most dominant figures of the current era.
Fognini has a close relationship with Djokovic off the court and this week both men turned 33.
Speaking in an interview with Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport, Fognini was asked about Djokovic and explained why he feels the Serbian will finish with the most majors.
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He said: “Djokovic and I have known each other since we were 14, and it was already clear that he would do great things. He already had an iron character.
“We speak often. I believe he will be able to overcome Roger Federer’s 20 Slam.
“Among the Big 3 he is the one who can overcome most of all, for the head, the body, the hunger he has.
“But if you ask me who is the best to watch playing I have to say Federer.”
Fognini’s comments come after Djokovic recently expressed his belief that he will finish his career with the record.
“I’m always very confident in myself. I think confidence is derived from self-belief and self-belief is derived from clarity,” Djokovic said on ‘In Depth with Graham Bensinger’.
“And clarity you have is derived from the love and joy for what you do and what you choose to do in your life.
“I think that I still have things to do here in this sport and I believe I can win most slams and break the record for longest number one.
“Those are definitely my clear goals. But at the same time they’re not the only thing that motivates me on a daily basis, it’s not sustainable.
“It doesn’t fuel me every day. What fuels me every day is something that is more related to my growth personally.”
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