Barbara Schett picks the greatest among Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic



by   |  VIEW 22174

Barbara Schett picks the greatest among Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have been the dominant force in men's tennis in the last 15 years, securing almost every distinguished record and pushing each other to the limits in that exciting GOAT race.

The trio has won the previous 13 Major titles since the Australian Open 2017, using their quality and experience on the biggest scene to keep the younger rivals behind them and stand withing three Majors from each other. Novak Djokovic has been the most consistent player out there in the previous decade, reducing the gap to Federer and Nadal and taking another big step towards the top of the standings following his eighth Australian Open crown at the beginning of the season.

Djokovic currently stands on 17 Majors and will probably have to wait until 2021 to increase his tally, with a coronavirus pandemic halting all the tennis action since the beginning of March and already canceling Wimbledon, for the first time since 1945.

The Eurosport expert Barbara Schett believes Roger Federer is still the greatest player of all time but also that he will struggle to win more once tennis starts again, turning 39 in August and undergoing knee surgery less than two months ago.

The Austrian thinks Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic could overcome the Swiss and take the throne from his, especially Djokovic who is the youngest and best-prepared competitor among them. "It's so hard to say because they are all still playing.

Roger has won the most Grand Slam titles at the moment and that's why we choose him now, but certainly, Rafa and Novak could overtake him. We'll see how Roger recovers from the knee surgery he had. It's getting harder and harder for him to win Grand Slams and I'm not sure he'll get as close again as he did at Wimbledon last year, especially as there is every chance Wimbledon won't take place this year.

He's not getting any younger – for now, Roger is the greatest of all time, but I think Novak Djokovic will eventually get him."