In a recent interview with Novak Djokovic's coach Goran Ivanisevic, he spoke about the current state of the men's game. Although Roger Federer made his return to the tour earlier this year and has produced solid results, reaching the quarterfinals of Wimbledon—Ivanisevic believes the Swiss Star is "slowly out," of the game.

With Federer, Djokovic and Rafael Nadal all tied at 20 Grand Slams, Ivanisevic says the record chase is now down to just Djokovic and Nadal.

“I think men’s game is in a good stage," Ivanisevic said. "Okay, you have Federer who is slowly out. I don’t think he can be No. 1 ever again. So it's between Novak and Rafa for the records and all the stuff."


Regardless if Federer climbs back to the top spot or not, it's been amazing to see the determination and passion he has for the game. He's recovered from two knee surgeries in 2020 and managed to reach the last 16 at his first major event at Roland Garros. Sadly he withdrew from his Round of 16 battle against Matteo Berrettini—not wanting to push his body too hard on the road to full recovery.

At Wimbledon he took it a step further by securing a quarterfinals ticket. However, his straight set exit to Hubert Hurkacz shocked fans as the Pole had never gone past the third round of a major before this year's Wimbledon.

With the US Open quickly approaching, perhaps he can continue the slow but steady upward trend by reaching the semifinals. Anything is possible when you're a 20-time major champion.

Before ending the interview, Ivanisevic also praised Daniil Medvedev, Denis Shapovalov and Dominic Thiem. He believes that all three can be world No. 1's in five to six years time, following the final departure of the Big 3.

“But you have a lot of guys who in next five to six years be No. 1, going to win different Grand Slams. Medvedev, Dominic did last year in US Open. You have young guys, Russians. You have Shapovalov. You have Italians, Berrettini, Musetti, Sinner,” Ivanisevic said.