Rafael Nadal reignited the GOAT debate by winning the Australian Open against all odds. Arriving in Melbourne without great expectations, the Spanish phenomenon made a memorable ride. After surviving two real battles against Denis Shapovalov and Matteo Berrettini, the former ATP number 1 came back two sets to Daniil Medvedev in the final.
Just as the Russian caught a glimpse of the finish line banner, Rafa reversed the inertia of the match by proving to be a sports legend. Thanks to this success, the Majorcan overtook Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time Grand Slam ranking.
Nadal also became the fourth man in history to have conquered all majors at least twice (along with Djokovic, Rod Laver and Roy Emerson). The 35-year-old from Manacor will try to hoist himself to an altitude of 22 already at Roland Garros, waiting to understand if Nole will be present in Paris or not.
In a long interview granted to MARCA, Toni Nadal addressed the question of the greatest ever and analyzed the evolution of his grandson.
Uncle Toni on Rafa Nadal
"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 Nadal, who is the one who has won the most Grand Slam titles with less participation," Uncle Toni was quoted as saying by Marca.
Toni Nadal also spoke about the evolution of his nephew's game over the years. "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," said Toni. Nadal, who is usually known for his cool head, was seemingly unhappy after chair umpire Aurelie Tourte handed him a violation for taking too long between serves.
He made his feelings clear to the officials thereafter. The number 1 seed looked rattled and subsequently, he lost the match in 4-sets. He has now lifted 21 Grand Slam singles titles, most by a man in history. The former World No.
1 will be eager to carry his form forward into the coming tournaments. He will next play at Abierto Mexicano in Acapulco, Mexico, which is an ATP 500 event.