Former British number one Tim Henman believes that Novak Djokovic’s domination of 2016 is by no means a certain thing as the likes of Roger Federer and Andy Murray are not far behind him.
The Serbian world number one won 11 titles, including three of the four majors in 2015, and a record-equalling sixth Australian Open crown in 2016.
Many feel that Djokovic will become the first man to win a calendar year Grand Slam since Rod Laver in 1969, but Henman does not think it’s a foregone conclusion since things are tight at the top of the men’s game.
In an interview with Reuters, Henman said that Djokovic could definitely be challenged by the top four.
“They can definitely challenge. Murray is at highest ranking in his career, he’s number two in the world. He’s playing great tennis,” Henman told Reuters.
“But obviously, Djokovic is playing a little bit better at the moment.
“Roger was in the final of US Open last year and he was in the final of the Wimbledon last year. Djokovic stopped him in his quest to win more grand slams.
“They are still very, very close.”
Henman added that he thinks that Federer and Murray look the most likely to stop Djokovic winning the calendar Grand Slam this year like Stan Wawrinka did at the French Open in 2015.
“The challenge for all those other players is to try and raise their levels and probably hope that Djokovic doesn’t play quite as consistently,” Henman said.
“There’s no doubt right now that Djokovic is the player to beat.”