Toni Nadal has refused to name the greatest tennis player of all time as he insists he is not the one to be making that call since he is uncle of one of the three candidates. Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are all in the running for the GOAT title.
Nadal is a record 21-time Grand Slam champion, while Federer and Nadal each have 20 Grand Slams. "There are different measures to determine who is number one (of all time). The one who has played better in some tournaments, or the one who has played better for a longer time; the one who has had more victories.
That is up to everyone's taste; depending on what you look at, they can be Federer, Djokovic, or Rafael, who is the one who has won the most Grand Slam titles with less participation," Uncle Toni was quoted as saying by Marca.
"My opinion [on the GOAT debate], in any case, is not valid because he is my nephew, and if I considered that another is the best, I would not say so... I would never say of a relative that he is a genius."
'Nadal adjusted his game, like Federer'
Nadal has always been one of the most physical players on the Tour but Toni admits the 35-year-old is not as physically strong as he used to be.
Toni says Nadal is not as physical as he used to be but he compensated it by becoming a more complete player. "He has changed, the same as Federer. If you run a little less you know you have to shorten the points. The level of Rafael's game between 2008 and 2010 was very high.
Today he has a little less physicality, of course , but his game is more complete, he now serves much better," Toni explained. Nadal has made a stunning start to the season, winning back-to-back titles at the Melbourne Summer Set and Australian Open.