In recent years, the 'battle' has developed more and more between tennis enthusiasts and also the professionals on who is the real GOAT, a noun that is given to the strongest tennis player ever. In the last twenty years we have seen an incredible match between three tennis legends: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
The supporters of each tend to endorse the cause of their athlete and no one can say for sure who is the best tennis player ever. In the last year we have had important details about this challenge: Roger Federer officially said goodbye to tennis at the age of 41 and in the same year his great rivals increased their victories: Novak Djokovic climbed to 21 titles with the success at Wimbledon while Rafael Nadal made a great start to the season and reached 22 Grand Slam titles, thanks to his successes at the Australian Open and Roland Garros.
It must be said that, compared to the two rivals, Rafael Nadal has played the Australian Open and the US Open without the usual rivals with Novak Djokovic stopped by the laws against those who do not have a vaccine for Covid 19.
A recent Eurosport poll found that according to tennis fans it is Novak Djokovic, regardless of the number of Grand Slam titles, the GOAT. The well-known broadcaster carried out a survey on a basis of 4662 interviewees, tennis fans, and for 51% of these the real GOAT is the Serbian champion.
However, not everyone tends to take sides on the issue, just think of former tennis player John McEnroe. He said in an interview: "If I had to choose the GOAT among these three I would tend to divide them; Roger Federer is the GOAT on grass, Djokovic is the best on hardcourt and Rafael Nadal on clay."
Lisnard opens up on Djokovic
Daniil Medvedev's youth coach and former ATP player Jean-Rene Lisnard is of the opinion that Novak Djokovic's Australian Open participation is immaterial in deciding his greatness.
"Djokovic is Djokovic, and he will remain so regardless of participation or non-participation in the Australian Open. He is Superovich!" he said. "If he does not play in this or that tournament, what will happen to him? Only the tournament will suffer.
He fights for his rights - and I think he is right. Before, I didn’t really like him, but the further this whole situation went, the more sympathy I felt for him. He is the only one in this tennis world who can call a spade a spade and do what he wants," he said. "This commands great respect."
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