World number one Novak Djokovic added another record to his kitty after winning his 19th Grand Slam title at the 2021 French Open. Not only is he now one Grand Slam behind Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, but he's also has become the only player in the Open Era.
to each Grand Slam at least twice. And now, as the debate over the Best of All Time (GOAT) heats up, Toni Nadal has given his overview of the rivalry. In his column for the Spanish newspaper El País, Toni Nadal said that after Djokovic's victory at Roland Garros, the debate on the GOAT has intensified.
The Grand Slam title count has never been this close and therefore the next two Grand Slams at Wimbledon and the US Open will be key to the debate. “We saw a good game and a denouement that brings Novak dangerously close to Federer and Rafael, as they fight to close their respective careers as the greatest conqueror of Grand Slam titles.
The next two tournaments, Wimbledon and the US Open, will probably be decisive for his presentation." In addition, the legendary coach was also confident in the chances of his nephew, Rafael Nadal, in the next two Grand Slams.
He considers that Rafa could lift one of the next two Grand Slams. "I would not dare to venture conclusions, but I do dare to maintain the confidence that it is my nephew who raises one of the two."
Federer underwent two surgeries on his knee in 2020
In a massive disappointment for his legions of fans, Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from this year’s Wimbledon Championships as well as the Tokyo Olympics.
Announcing the shattering news on Twitter, the 20-time Grand Slam champion said that he took the decision on the advice of his team. “The fact that there has only been 2 weeks between RG and Wimbledon, didn’t make it easier on my body to recuperate after the always demanding clay court season.
They have been two months of great effort and the decision I take is focused looking at the mid and long term,” Rafael Nadal said. “Sport prevention of any kind of excess in my body is a very important factor at this stage of my career in order to try to keep fighting for the highest level of competition and titles,” he added.
“I want to send a special message to my fans around the world, to those in the United Kingdom and Japan in particular. The Olympic Games always meant a lot and they were always a priority as a Sports person, I found the spirit that every sports person in the world wants to live.
I personally had the chance to live 3 of them and had the honor to be the flag bearer for my country,” the Spaniard said.