Mats Wilander: I think this year Rafael Nadal becomes GOAT on paper

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Mats Wilander: I think this year Rafael Nadal becomes GOAT on paper

Eurosport tennis expert Mats Wilander believes that world No. 2 Rafael Nadal will become the "greatest of all time on paper" this season as he also underlines the Spaniard and Roger Federer can't be compared on the court.

Federer, 38, has won a record of 20 Grand Slam titles but 33-year-old Nadal is threatening to soon equal that record as the Spaniard will be the main favorite to win his 20th Major title at the French Open. "I think this is the year when Rafa Nadal will become the greatest player of all time on paper," Wilander said, per Tennishead.

"I can never compare them on court because how do you compare Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal? That’s impossible. “Roger Federer is five years older, six years older, blah-blah. No, you can’t but on paper Nadal will become the best player of all time this season, I think he will”.

Nadal won two Majors last year and former seven-time Grand Slam champion Wilander predicts that the 33-year-old Spaniard will win more Majors this season. "I think Rafa is too smart, he is too good a player to be playing if he didn’t think he could win and if he thinks he can win that means he is physically good enough to win," Wilander said.

“So yes, Rafael Nadal will win a Grand Slam this year but I am not sure if can stay number one in the world, that’s the only thing. “I feel like because the long season last year with the Davis Cup and now the ATP Cup, I feel that he is going to have one time this year when he needs a break and that’s never good for your ranking.

“But is he playing for the ranking? Not to begin with, I think he’s playing to win a Grand Slam and if it works out then yeah, he would want to be number one too, but I think he is trying to win another Grand Slam or two and he will for sure”.