'The impact that a Roger Federer has had on tennis will be...', says ATP ace



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'The impact that a Roger Federer has had on tennis will be...', says ATP ace

Novak Djokovic has the chance to write a new page of history at the US Open. The last Slam of the season will kick off on Monday 30 August and will not see several illustrious players at the starting line. In fact, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and defending champion Dominic Thiem will be missing, without forgetting the absence of Serena Williams in the women's tournament.

The spotlight will be almost entirely on the number 1 ATP, who will try to complete the Grand Slam in Big Apple. Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas seem to be the most credited rivals to put a spoke in the wheel, also given their recent performances in the Masters 1000 in Toronto and Cincinnati.

In the event of a triumph in Flushing Meadows, the 34-year-old from Belgrade would rise to 21 Majors, bypassing eternal rivals Roger and Rafa for the first time. Recall that the Serbian phenomenon has already broken the all-time record of weeks at the top of the ATP ranking.

During a recent interview with the 'We Love Tennis' portal, Nicolas Mahut expressed his opinion on the GOAT issue.

Mahut on the GOAT debate

"We are entering a very sensitive subject because we must first see the definition of GOAT: what it represents, from the record, it's obvious that Novak Djokovic would be (the GOAT) if he wasn't already," Nicolas Mahut said.

"If we just look at pure statistics, he has more weeks as number 1, he will have the most Slams or at least be tied. The head to head with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, it is positive against both. If we look at the numbers and statistics, obviously in terms of records, Djokovic would be the biggest."

The 39-year-old feels Djokovic can never dethrone Federer in this particular aspect. "Now is it just that? I think there is also an element of emotion, of subjectivity on this subject," Mahut added. "When it comes to tennis - the greatest - there is emotion that comes into play and inevitably the impact that a Roger has had on tennis will be greater than that of Novak whatever happens."

Nicolas Mahut cited the example of legendary golfers Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus to explain how the greatest is not always the player with the better numbers. "Like in golf, for example, Tiger Woods had more of an impact than a Nicklaus," Mahut explained. "Yet Jack Nicklaus has a better track record than him."