American tennis star Frances Tiafoe says the GOAT debate is tight but he still thinks Roger Federer is the one that should be considered as the GOAT. Recently, Rafael Nadal broke the all-time Grand Slam and some think the Spaniard now has the edge over Federer and Novak Djokovic in the GOAT debate.
"It's tough [to decide who the GOAT is], but I'm still going with Roger Federer," Tiafoe said on The Functional Tennis Podcast, per Sportskeeda. "You can paint a whole picture with what he has -- stupid good service, can play all the shots, makes the game look so easy and is a great ambassador for the sport."
Tiafoe also acknowledged the greatness of Nadal, Djokovic
Nadal, who played just one event in the second half of the 2021 season due to a foot injury, recovered from two sets down in the Australian Open final to beat world No.
1 Daniil Medvedev and won a record 21st Grand Slam tirle. "But then again, Rafael Nadal is crazy. 21 Grand Slams and to do what he did, 2 sets down and 3-2 0-40 in the third, we're talking about three match points.
He gets broken and it is over. He knew it and everybody knew it. To do it at the age of 35, the dude was talking about quitting tennis, bro," Tiafoe said. "Rafa's [chances of becoming the undisputed GOAT] have a ticking time bomb, you could say that.
But he just won the Australian Open." Djokovic didn't get a chance to compete at the Australian Open and his future remains uncertain as he is refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine. Djokovic and Federer are tied on the second place of the all-time Grand Slam record list with 20 Majors.
"And then look at what Novak [Djokovic] is doing. [Deciding the GOAT] is hard, man. Obviously, Novak is going to do his stuff, but whatever ends up happening. He could have like 25. He's not slowing down at all," Tiafoe added. "Pick your poison, I guess."