'I saw very quickly that Rafael Nadal was a monumental player', says former Top 10



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'I saw very quickly that Rafael Nadal was a monumental player', says former Top 10

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. To quote the most banal of statistics, fifty-six Slams in three. Fifty-six of the last sixty-seven, to be even more precise. In short: we fell into the era of the three most successful players ever and we will presumably realize this luck in a short time.

However, fans are not the only ones admiring the three giants. Rather. They are also and above all those who have made a job out of this sport. Richard Gasquet, who collected the crumbs in direct confrontations, never denied the superiority of the three sacred monsters.

In an interaction with Tennis Majors, the 34-year-old Richard Gasquet talked about his first Masters 10000 meeting with Rafael Nadal at Monte Carlo in 2005.

Gasquet on Rafael Nadal

"I had beaten Roger Federer the day before.

I had a break point in the second set - I had won the first. I felt we were at the same level. This match, I had to win it. The rivalry (as juniors) was huge but it didn't last long" - Richard Gasquet explained. "Three months later, at Roland Garros, where I lost in the third round, I saw that Rafael Nadal was already another player," Gasquet said.

"He won Roland Garros. I saw very quickly that he was a monumental player, quite simply, on clay he was monstrous. His tennis never stopped progressing. And it is especially this, which is amazing, which is crazy. Year after year, he improves all the time," Gasquet added.

Nadal stands alone in the Open Era as the player with the most clay court titles (59), and holds an all-time record of 12 French Opens, 11 Monte-Carlo Masters and 11 Barcelona titles. He also stands alone with the longest single surface win streak in matches (clay courts, 81) and in sets (clay courts, 50) in the history of the Open Era.

Due to these achievements, many have called Nadal "The King of Clay", and he is widely regarded as the greatest clay-court player in history. Nadal's records and evolution into an all-court champion have established him as one of the greatest players in tennis history, with some former tennis players and analysts considering him to be the greatest tennis player of all time.

The former tennis player Andre Agassi picked Nadal as the greatest of all time because of the way the Spaniard "had to deal with Federer, Djokovic, Murray in the golden age of tennis" Nadal leads the head-to-head record in Grand Slams against all members of the Big Three and he has highest number of Slams won beating a Big Three member en route (13).