Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal: who is the GOAT?

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Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal: who is the GOAT?

Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal: who is the GOAT? With the final of the French Open 2020 between the Spaniard and the Serb, this question comes back strongly on the horizon, with two certainties, regardless of the result of the Parisian Major final: if Rafa were to win he would equal Roger's Slam record, if he were to win Nole, he would be less than one Grand Slam from Nadal and two Majors from Federer.

With prospects of overcoming both. However, on the GOAT question there is a fact that seems to favor Rafael Nadal. It had already happened 5 times, in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2017: Rafael Nadal is for the thirteenth time in the final at Roland Garros, the sixth time of which without conceding a single set.

Diego Schwartzman in the semifinal on Friday and, before the Argentine also Yannik Sinner, had dragged the Spaniard to the tiebreak, failing their respective chances. The final of Roland Garros 2020 will not be like the other finals for Rafa, however.

Despite the floods of words spent by the media on the eve to highlight hypothetical difficulties due to playing conditions, on Sunday the Majorcan will face a new Grand Slam final, another game, yet another for the title in his Parisian land.

In statistical terms, however, this final could place him as co-leader in the ranking that has always been the most important to decree the figure of the best player of all time: that of the player with the most Grand Slam titles.

The GOAT issue

Rafa is in fact one game today to equal Roger Federer's 20 Grand Slams. But be careful, if Novak Djokovic wins on Sunday, the Serbian will rise to 18 Grand Slam titles and will forcefully enter the contests for the GOAT title: the Serb, in addition to the number of Majors on the bulletin board, can in fact at the moment boast the primacy as the number of Masters 1000 career wins, in addition to the concrete possibility of surpassing another Federer record, that of the number of weeks from number 1 in the standings.

The Serbian champion will be almost unassailable until the next Australian Open and will be the first Grand Slam of 2021 to tell us if the record will be broken immediately. If Nadal can still fight for the Masters 1000, he certainly cannot think of undermining the record of weeks at the top of the Ranking: for the manacor tennis player, who unlike his historical rivals can boast the gold medal in the singles at the Olympics, but a serious lack, that of the title of Master at the ATP Finals, will it be the right time in this strange 2020? Roger Federer will celebrate 40 years-old in 2021: a truly incredible goal for a tennis player who at his age is still not only extremely competitive, but still one of the best four players in business, even better than many young and Next Gen. He may actually have a last chance both at the Australian Open and Wimbledon 2021. Only utopia?