Former world No. 17 Bernard Tomic has tipped Rafael Nadal to go down as the greatest tennis player of all time. Tomic says he loves each member of the Big Three group but he feels Nadal will beat out Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the GOAT race.
"After this whole situation with Novak ... I believe that Rafael Nadal go down as the GOAT. He will be difficult to stop this year. I feel that in the end he will have the most Grand Slams. Nadal will most likely win Roland Garros as well because he is the best on the clay.
I love all three of them, Nole and Rafa and Roger, but I think Nadal will go down in history as the best ever. It's also because I can't win 25 Grand Slams (smiling)," Tomic told Blic.
Tomic's season started on an unforunate way
Tomic was hoping to make it past the Australian Open qualifying but he lost his qualifying opener after feeling unwell during the whole match.
After the match, Tomic tested positive for COVID-19. "I felt bad the day before my match, something was wrong. I didn't feel good on the court either. I was preparing for the Australian Open, I was looking forward to that competition, I trained well, but unfortunately, I got infected with the virus.
I am fine now and I am one hundred percent healthy. Each country has its own COVID-19 protocols and each fights the virus in its own way, but I think Australia could have dealt with it much better. I guess it's hard to try to keep everyone happy."
Tomic is determined to have a positive season as he hopes to end the season ranked inside the top-100. "I'll play a few Challengers in America. I will play a Challenger in the first week of March in Mexico. I will be in Europe from April to July.
I plan to play 25 tournaments this season. Last year, I played only eight tournaments because I was injured, I just want to play well, stay healthy and be in the top 100 at the end of the year," Tomic concluded.