Former world No. 3 David Ferrer thinks the battle for the greatest of all time has come down to Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Nadal, 35, won a record 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. Djokovic, 34, didn't get a chance to compete for a record 21st Grand Slam at the Australian Open because of his vaccination status.
"First I don't want to think about when it's (the debate) going to end," Ferrer told La Vanguardia, per Sportskeeda. "I want to enjoy them. I love that there is that incentive to see who is the best on the planet in this sport.
And I love that Rafa is the best at the moment. I think that between Rafa and Djokovic there will be the fight to be the best."
Djokovic hopes to match Nadal at the French Open
Some, including renowned coach Patrick Mouratoglou, think the French Open could be the key in the GOAT battle.
If Nadal wins a record 22nd Grand Slam, there might not be a way back for Djokovic. On the other side, should Djokovic win Roland Garros, the GOAT battle would still be very much open. "If you look at the start of the season and if you look at the global situation, Novak has the lead for me.
He is winning more Grand Slams than anyone every year, so he is the huge favorite to win more Grand Slams than anyone. But because of this COVID story he was not able to play most of the year, so he is lacking a lot of matches.
And on the other hand, Rafa gained so much confidence because, as Novak wasn't playing, he won almost everything. You had Novak with a big advantage and with what happened Rafa now has the edge. But then Rafa gets injured so he is not going to be able to play enough this year and then it comes back to kind of a balance," Mouratoglou said in a clip posted on his Instagram.