Federer signals tougher times for Djokovic, Nadal

Sydney: Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer has warned tennis stars Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal that winning major titles may prove harder for them, now that he`s back at the no.1 position, after winning his seventh Wimbledon title.

Federer believes the ‘shake up at the top’ means tougher times ahead for Djokovic and Nadal.

The Serbian and the Spaniard had contested the previous four grand slam finals in yet another first in tennis`` golden era, but after slipping to second and third in the rankings overnight, the demoted duo will no longer be seeded at the top and bottom of big tournament draws.

“The four of us have been beating each other so often for, what is it, the last five years now. Is it an advantage to be (ranked) one, two, three or four? As of late, it`s been maybe an advantage to be one or two a little bit slightly,” Federer said.

“It changes the dynamics now and all of a sudden we`ll see different semi-finalists. It`s going to be harder for Novak and Rafa now to find themselves in the finals now because they might face each other in the semis,” he added.

Although the newly restored world No.1, Djokovic and Nadal have now won 29 of the past 30 grand slam events, Federer was adamant that Murray will inevitably break through.

“Murray for me was always in the conversation. I was actually a bit shocked when people were talking just about the big three,” he said.

“I know we are the ones with the grand slam trophies and Andy is not but for me that doesn`t matter. I know how close he was in the past,” he added.