Former world No. 3 David Ferrer thinks Rafael Nadal should be considered as the greatest tennis player of all time if he wins the Australian Open. Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are all tied on the all-time Grand Slam record list 20 Grand Slams.
Nadal will be battling for a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title when he meets world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final. “For me, if Rafa wins tomorrow, the debate (of the GOAT is over. From then on, and unless Djokovic beats him, Nadal will be the best in history.
Tennis is about victories, the most important titles, and since he has won them all, he would naturally be the best in history;" Ferrer said, as quoted on We Love Tennis.
Nadal didn't expect to make the final
Nadal put an end to his 2021 season in August due to a foot injury.
Nadal was unsure whether he would be able to make a comeback. Nadal won the Melbourne Summer Set and is now a win away from winning the Australian Open. “For me, it's something completely unexpected, so I am super happy," Nadal said after making the Australian Open final.
"I always try my best. My goal now is to win. [But] I am taking things in a little bit of a different way now. Of course, with the competitive spirit that I have, I can't go against that. It's my personal DNA. But in some ways, [just to] be able to have the chance to compete at this level, it's positive energy for me to keep going, because being very honest, for me it is much more important to have the chance to play tennis than win number 21”.
“Doubts are still here,” Nadal said. “Honestly the doubts are going to be here probably for the rest of my career, without a doubt, because I have what I have and that's something that we cannot fix."