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Todd Woodbridge (R) says that Roger Federer (M) is the best player of all time Getty

Former Australian tennis player Todd Woodbridge has hailed Roger Federer as the best player of all time while also saying that Federer would have had 20 Grand Slam titles to his name if not for Rafael Nadal.

Woodbridge, who won 14 Grand Slam doubles and six Grand Slam mixed doubles titles in a career spanning 17 years, also listed the top five players including Novak Djokovic.

"Of all the players I have seen, Federer is the best of all time, who can play on all surfaces. If it wouldn't be for Rafael Nadal, he would have won more Roland Garros, and now maybe he would have 20 Slam titles," said Woodbridge as quoted by Tennis World.

"Novak would be part of my top-five, for the way he has dominated. He is admirable. I believe that before Djokovic I put Federer, Nadal and Pete Sampras. Other names should be Borg, McEnroe, Connors and Lendl."

The 45-year-old, who is currently part of Tennis Australia, also spoke about the new World No 1 Andy Murray who created history by becoming the first British player to secure the top spot since computerised rankings were introduced in 1973. Murray became the second oldest player to occupy the top spot since John Newcombe who was ranked No 1 at the age of 30 in 1974.

"Of all the number one's of the world I have seen, Murray would be placed in the middle of them. He has won Wimbledon twice, the US Open and two Olympic Gold medals. They are amazing numbers and he deserves to be the number one. I think the Scot will number one at least until next Wimbledon," Woodbridge added.

Federer, who has had a disappointing 2016 due to injury and loss of form, will return to competitive action at the International Premier Tennis League (ITPL) to be held in December.