London: Novak Djokovic believes “the greatest ever” Roger Federer has taught him how to become a grand slam champion.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

The 28-year-old Belgrade native will target his ninth grand slam title in south west London, to match his coach Boris Becker’s record in SW19.

Djokovic joked “we shouldn’t spend too many words” on Swiss master Federer, but conceded he learned the blueprint for grand slam victories from the 17-time major winner.

“Roger and I have played many times and he’s one of my greatest rivals,” said Djokovic.

“He’s one of the people that actually made me a better player, as well. In the matches against him, I went through a lot of different emotions and things that allowed me to understand what I need to do to become a better player and to win against him and win Grand Slam trophies.”