Greg Rusedski predicts how Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray will fare in

Rusedski gave his verdict on the Big Four (Picture: GC Images) Greg Rusedski believes Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are the men to beat in 2019 and while he wouldn’t rule out Roger Federer landing a 21st Grand Slam, he views Andy Murray as out of the equation for the time being.  The former British No. 1 was hugely impressed with Djokovic’s form at the end of last season, with the Serb returning to world No. 1 and equalling Pete Sampras’ haul of 14 majors.  And while he hopes that young stars such as Alexander Zverev, Karen Khachanov, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Borna Coric and Kyle Edmund can make a breakthrough this year, he’s expecting Djokovic and Nadal to claim the Slams.  ‘I think it’s been a fascinating tale of two halves in 2018,’ he told Metro.co.uk ahead of his Champions Tennis appearance at the Royal Albert Hall last month. Will Djokovic’s domination continue? (Picture: /AFP/Getty) Will Nadal rediscover his best form? (Picture: Getty Images) ‘Djokovic kind of said I’m back when he won Wimbledon. Then finishing world No. 1 for the fifth year so he’s the man to beat in 2019. Advertisement Advertisement  ‘The interesting thing is during this best part in the last six months, the three guys he’s lost to is Tsitsipas in Toronto, Khachanov in Paris and Zverev [in London]. So these are the three guys that we think are standing out at the moment. And then you’ve got Coric in there as well as Kyle Edmund as well to put in the mix as five youngsters.  ‘I think Novak will be the man to beat at most of the Slams, French Open is probably Rafa with his health.’  The former US Open finalist views Zverev – whose fitness is in question ahead of the Australian Open next week – as the strongest of the youngsters and believes his partnership with Murray’s former coach Ivan Lendl could be crucial to his hopes on the biggest stage. Can Zverev be a contender? (Picture: Getty) ‘Zverev with Lendl is the most exciting combination of the youngsters right now,’ he added. ‘The way he played in that final [at the ATP Finals] was the way he should be playing. When in the off season with Ivan he’s going to be playing better.  ‘He hasn’t performed at the majors the way that he’d like but winning his biggest title at the end of this season was the perfect climax.  ‘Khachanov, there’s something about that guy mentally as well which I love. He has Goran Ivanisevic’s old coach Vedran Martic who has done a fantastic job. He just has that tunnel vision and also the game to go through people. He really highlighted that when he pushed Rafa all the way at the US Open. Advertisement Advertisement  ‘Those are the two guys that I think will probably explode on and have a chance. It’s hard to see past Djokovic and Rafa at the moment but those are the two guys out of the mix.’ Federer is chasing a 21st Grand Slam title (Picture: Getty Images) Federer has enjoyed a bright start to the season, winning the Hopman Cup with Switzerland, but Rusedski was concerned by his form in

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