'Rafael Nadal is the best ever on clay, while...', says legend

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'Rafael Nadal is the best ever on clay, while...', says legend

During his career Novak Djokovic has not changed many technicians, but he made a radical and sensational change in 2017. After a great season in 2016 Nole was overtaken by Andy Murray and, struggling with continuous physical problems, decided in May to leave his historic coach Marian Vajda and embark on a new adventure with Radek Stepanek and a tennis legend like André Agassi as coach.

Together they participated in Roland Garros and Wimbledon but with poor results and Djokovic after the London tournament decided to take care of himself and think about the following season. After other problems, in the end André Agassi and Novak Djokovic dissolved their collaboration in March 2018 with Novak who returned to work with Vajda to then resume the path that has now led him to the top of the world ranking and to reach record after record.

Right now Novak Djokovic is number one in the world and is working to reach and surpass all his opponents in every record. Tennis great Andre Agassi has weighed in on the enduring ‘GOAT’ debate involving the Big Three, a moniker for the trio of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic of men’s tennis.

Agassi pays tribute to the Big 3

"The problem in answering that is that their careers are still going on, you know what I mean," Andre Agassi said. "So there’s still a lot to be determined." Andre Agassi then explained why it is difficult to label one of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal as the 'GOAT'

The American believes there are many factors that influence this debate, and that judging the players by their overall career-graph or one-time peak form would give many different answers. "I think if you took the three best to talk about - obviously Roger, Rafa & Novak," the American went on.

"It is different to say who has the best career and it is different to say when somebody is playing at their best, who is the best. We have the best on fast grasscourts with Roger, we have the best on clay, and we have the best on hardcourts," Agassi said.

"So stick them in a tournament that has multiple surfaces, and make them play each other a hundred times and I will give you the answer." Roger Federer returned to tennis in Doha this month, after being away for 13 months to recover from two knee surgeries.

Despite Federer losing in the second round, fans could see the old spark in his tennis at the Qatar Open 2021. However, his focus tournament of the year is Wimbledon, where he lost an iconic battle against Novak Djokovic in the 2019 final.

While it might be a dream come true to lift a record-extending ninth Wimbledon trophy, Federer’s goal does not stop there.