This time 12 years ago, Novak Djokovic was a mere fly on the windscreen of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
At that point, Federer and Nadal had combined to win 25 of the last 30 grand slam tournaments and theirs was widely hailed the best rivalry in tennis history, with the two in a race to become the greatest tennis player of all time.
Djokovic had beaten Federer en route to his maiden major at the 2008 Australian Open, but his win-loss record against the Swiss maestro stood at 6-13, while against Nadal it was 7-16.
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He and Andy Murray were comfortably the best two players not named Federer and Nadal, but it was a fait accompli neither would ever come close to the all-conquering…