Toni Nadal believes Rafael Nadal will have to win more Grand Slams in order to finish with the all-time Grand Slam record and be considered as the GOAT. Nadal, 35, captured a record 21st Grand Slam title after beating Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final.
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are tied on the second place with 20 Grand Slams each. "I do not believe it. Djokovic is the favorite for Wimbledon. At Roland Garros, I expect Rafael to win. I don't know about the US Open anymore.
The reality is that it's becoming more difficult for them to win a Slam," Toni told La Vanguardia.
Toni doesn't believe that 21 Slam title will be enough for Rafa to be the GOAT: I do not believe it. #Djokovic is the favorite for W.
At RG, I expect Rafael to win. I don't know about the USO anymore. The reality is that it's becoming more difficult for them to win a Slam. — Saša Ozmo (@ozmo_sasa) February 21, 2022
Nadal a fan favorite wherever goes
Nadal receives a strong support wherever he goes, while the same can't be said for Djokovic.
Still, Djokovic has managed to win 20 Grand Slams. "Many people say that to win you need a good environment, right?. Well, allow me to question this. Look at what Djokovic has won when his environment is what it is," Toni stated.
"n any case, the Nadal family is normal and always has been, starting with the time when my brother Miguel Angel played for Barcelona FC. We always stayed away from extravagances." Nadal made the most out of Djokovic's absence from the Australian Open.
Djokovic, who was in Belgrade at the time of the Australian Open final, admitted it was hard for him to watch the Nadal and Medvedev match. “It wasn’t easy for me to watch the finals, I had to because of the circumstances at home, although I didn’t want to watch it.
My wife and my son were watching. I didn’t see the whole match, we did other things around the house as well. I was neutral – whoever won, I lost, right? (laughing). I didn’t want to be emotionally involved too much, I wanted to be on the court," Djokovic told RTS.