For a long time David Ferrer was considered the best tennis player of mortals. The former Spanish tennis player suffered throughout his career from Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, players who prevented him from accessing the Grand Slams on many occasions.
At the end of the day, winning a "big one" at the time of the "Fantastic 4" was within the reach of very, very few. Now that he has been retired for a couple of seasons, although on the circuit as director of the Barcelona Open and coach of Alexander Zverev, he seems to have a bigger picture in the conversation of the best tennis player of all time.
“I think that in the end it will end by deciding whoever wins the most Grand Slams. As they have almost won everything, then the debate may come about whether Novak spent more time as the # 1 in the world, the constancy, but I believe that whoever wins the most may have a little more credit to be the GOAT", he said Ferrer in an interview for ESTO.
Similarly, the four-time champion of the Acapulco Open, touched the domain that the members of the NextGen are beginning to exercise, although it is clear that both Djokovic and Nadal have not yet had the last word about him.
“The youngsters are getting more level every day, it is normal, but Rafa and Novak will continue to be in the fight for a few more years. It is true that players like Zverev, Medvedev, Tsitsipas and Sinner will push harder, but the others will follow.
Andy Roddick talks about Nadal
While speaking with Tennis Channel on Sunday, Andy Roddick claimed that Novak Djokovic would have more time to win Majors than Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal even if he skipped the 2022 Australian Open.
"Is Novak going to be prepared to play in Australia by avenue of vaccination?" Roddick said. "What I will say confidently is, given the runway and the toll on the bodies [of the Big 3] and what we've seen as far as bodies breaking down - Novak seemingly has the longest runway and has been the best consistently for the last five, 10 years even."
According to Andy Roddick, 2009 Australian Open winner Rafael Nadal wouldn't be the favorite for the 2022 edition even if Novak Djokovic were absent. The former World No. 1 also cast doubt on the chances of his former rival Roger Federer ever adding to his Major tally.
"Listen, I don't think Rafa is the favorite [for the Australian Open] regardless of if Novak's there or not as it currently stands, but there's a serious wrinkle," Roddick said. "Unfortunately, I don't think the days of Roger winning Grand Slams are still here. I would love to be proven wrong, but that's a seriously uphill battle."