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None more unbeatable than Djokovic at his best, says Martin

There is no one more unbeatable in menโ€™s tennis than Novak Djokovic, when at his best, former world number four American Todd Martin has said.

Reigning world number one Djokovic has already established himself as one of the best ever to play the game and the Serbโ€™s Grand Slam haul of 17 is just three behind the 20 that Roger Federer has amassed. The Swiss player will be 39 in August.

While Federer is nearing the end of a glittering career, Spanish left-hander Rafa Nadal is just one behind with 19 majors and will be 34 next month. Djokovic, a Serbian, is the youngest of the so-called โ€˜Big Threeโ€™ and will be 33 later in May.

The triumvirate have shared the last 13 Grand Slam titles, re-energising the GOAT (greatest of all time) debate.

โ€œRoger is the most aesthetically pleasing I have ever seen,โ€ Martin, who was part of Djokovicโ€™s coaching team briefly in 2009 and 2010, told Tennis365.

โ€œHe is pleasing with the serve, he is pleasing with the return, offence, defence โ€ฆ everything he does really looks beautiful.

โ€œFor me though, if Novak is right, if Novak is confident and comfortable with his physical status and is really focused, Iโ€™ve never seen anybody more unbeatable.

โ€œThis guy has played the game better than anyone else ever has, in my opinion.โ€

Djokovic was in imperious form before the novel coronavirus pandemic brought the circuit to a halt in early March.

He lifted the ATP Cup with Serbia, won an eighth Australian Open title and then completed a fifth triumph at the Dubai Tennis Championships, extending his unbeaten run to 21.

โ€œHis athleticism is from another world,โ€ said Martin, who reached two Grand Slam finals. โ€œHis return of serve is way better than any other returner of serve ever and I mean way better.

โ€œHaving worked with him, when he is focused he has that โ€˜Iโ€™m going through a brick wall mentalityโ€™.

โ€œNow he is not always focused, but when he is and we have seen this for long stretches, he doesnโ€™t have to play great. He is that much of a fighter and thrives on it.โ€

The virus forced the cancellation of this yearโ€™s Wimbledon for the first time since World War Two, while the French Open was pushed back from its May start to September, shortly after the scheduled end of the U.S. Open.

Federer, who is currently ranked fourth, last played at the semi-finals of the Australian Open, where he lost to Djokovic, before undergoing keyhole surgery on his knee in February.

Martin said Federer was a โ€œnaturalโ€ and he still expected the Swiss to challenge for Grand Slam titles when the season is able to restart.

โ€œWith the Olympics being postponed, I would imagine it will compel him to play another year,โ€ Martin said.

โ€œPlus, this is no way to end anything. It is really important to Roger, I would imagine, to conclude his career on a bona fide high note.

โ€œNothing Iโ€™ve seen indicates that physically he is incapable of keeping going.

โ€œNothing Iโ€™ve seen has indicated his love for the sport has waned, so I wouldnโ€™t be surprised if we see several more years out of him.โ€

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