Tomas Berdych: I think Roger Federer is a bigger tennis icon than Rafael Nadal

Berdych feels no title number can beat Federer's impact and influence on the game.

by Dzevad Mesic
Tomas Berdych: I think Roger Federer is a bigger tennis icon than Rafael Nadal

Tomas Berdych feels no number of titles can beat Roger Federer's impact and influence on the game. Federer, 41, retired with 20 Grand Slam titles, the third most in tennis history. Rafael Nadal owns a record 22 Grand Slams, while Novak Djokovic has 21.

Because Federer didn't finish with the all-time Grand Slam record, some think the battle for the greatest of all time has come down to Nadal and Djokovic. Berdych, who retired after the 2019 season, feels Federer is a bigger icon than Nadal and Djokovic.

"Those who wanted to compare the greatest aces by numbers would find arguments for different players. The number of Grand Slam titles may be the most objective measure, but there are athletes who have left a huge mark. I think Roger will leave a bigger mark than Djokovic.

I think he is a bigger icon than Nadal. Maybe because he started this great era. What he did for tennis cannot be outweighed by any results," Berdych said in an interview with Czech newspaper iDnes.

Berdych: People started playing tennis because of Federer

Federer is considered as the ultimate tennis icon and he is definitely the player that helped the game elevate and reach new heights.

"There were a lot of people who watched matches or started playing themselves because of his skill and performance on the court. That's what makes him superior to others. Though of course, I can understand if a fan finds something special about Nadal, Djokovic, or other players," Berdych added.

After Federer announced his plans to retire, Berdych took to Twitter to pay him a tribute. "It's been an honour to share a court with you @rogerfederer well done for EVERYTHING that you have done in tennis. #nowordscandescribeit #legend," Berdych tweeted.

Berdych and Federer clashed 26 times during their respective careers. Federer beat Berdych 20 times in those 26 meetings.

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