If I were Djokovic I would have let Federer win one Grand Slam: Nick Bollettieri

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Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic will compete at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Feb. 22 at the Aviation Club Tennis Centre. Reuters/Thomas Peter

Novak Djokovic has met Roger Federer in a Grand Slam finals match multiple times, with the Serb getting the most out of the Swiss Maestro so far. But if it was American tennis coach Nick Bollettieri playing as Djokovic, he would let Federer add one more Grand Slam title to the his all-time record.

“If I were Djokovic and played against Federer I would have let him win one,” Bollettieri said, reports Tennis World USA. “Federer is so important for the sport, he respects the opponent, the family, helps his foundation.”

Federer was close to adding another Grand Slam title to his record at the Australian Open last month, but Djokovic spoiled the 37-year-old’s bid after defeating the Swiss in the semifinal round of the tournament.

In four Grand Slam finals matches, Federer has only defeated Djokovic once, which was at the US Open back in 2007. Their last three finals meeting did not turn out well for the Swiss, with Djokovic successfully preventing Federer from hoisting an 18th Grand Slam title.

The two have a chance to square up again at this year’s French Open, but it could turn out to be another walk in the park for Djokovic, who has been dominating the competition after winning three straight major titles. World No. 5 David Ferrer certainly believes Djokovic will win again, claiming that the world No. 1 is unbeatable at this stage of his career.

'At the moment he is unbeatable,” Ferrer told Canchallena La Nacion. “He made the difference, he is World no. 1 and he won almost all the tournaments he played.”

Meanwhile, Djokovic will bid for a fifth Dubai Tennis Championships title next week and will join the likes of Stan Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych, and Feliciano Lopez. Djokovic, a four-time champion at the tournament, who lost to Federer in the final round of last year’s event.