Alex Corretja explains why Roger Federer can't be ruled out of GOAT race

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Alex Corretja explains why Roger Federer can't be ruled out of GOAT race

Former world No. 2 Alex Corretja says Roger Federer can't be ruled out of the GOAT race just because he has a negative head-to-head record against Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Nadal owns a 24-16 head-to-head against Federer but the Swiss has won seven of their past eight meetings.

Against Djokovic, Federer has won 23 and lost 27 matches. Federer used to have a good head-to-head against Djokovic but the Serb has won six of their last seven meetings. "When people say Roger Federer has lost against Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal more times and that's why he can't be the best in history, it's absurd to me," Corretja said in an interview with Jot Down, per Sportskeeda.

"Because of their [contrasting] style of play, Nadal is obviously going to do a lot of damage to him."

Corretja on why Nadal and Djokovic have had success against Federer

"The only tactical mole that hurts him is the backhand high ball and the best shot in history is Rafa's high cross forehand to the opponent's backhand," Corretja said.

"The best of one is combined with the only weak point of the other. "And the fact that Djokovic beat him is also normal - because he neutralizes his serve like nobody else, because he plays very long, because he doesn't let him take his forehand as he likes.

It's normal that he beat him many times. What I mean is that they are styles of play, nothing more." Many think that Nadal has taken the lead in the GOAT race after winning a record 21st Grand Slam at the Australian Open.

Djokovic and Federer are now tied on the second place with 20 Majors each. Djokovic is facing an uncertain future because of his vaccine stance, while Federer is still recovering from a third knee surgery. Nadal and Djokovic are expected to enter the French Open as top favorites for the title.