Rafael Nadal turned the tables on the table by winning the Australian Open 2022. In a tournament that had often been hostile to him in the past, the Spanish champion achieved a memorable ride that awarded him the 21st Major of his amazing career.
The former world number 1 came back two sets of disadvantage to Daniil Medvedev in the final, undermining his opponent's certainties just when the Russian seemed one step away from the finish line. Thanks to his triumph at Melbourne Park, the 35-year-old from Manacor has overtaken Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time Grand Slam standings.
Rafa also became the fourth man in history to have conquered all majors at least twice. Djokovic will try to join him at Roland Garros, while Federer will have to wait until the end of summer (or the beginning of autumn) to see Federer back on the pitch.
Given his age and physical condition, the Swiss is the one who has the least chance of increasing his showcase. In a recent interview with MARCA, Ilie Nastase expressed his opinion on the GOAT.
Nastase talks about Roger Federer
Former world number 1 and double Grand Slam winner at the 1972 US Open and 1973 Roland-Garros, the Romanian Ilie Nastase recently spoke in the columns of Marca on various subjects including his admiration for Manolo Santana, recently deceased, as well as the famous debate of the best player in history.
“Clearly if the question is who has the most major titles, the answer is Nadal. If we are talking about the best, there are other factors. Roger Federer has an impressive talent… But there is no doubt that Rafa has 21 Grand Slams and Federer and Djokovic have none."
Roger Federer is amongst the top sportspersons of his era. He has graced the sport of tennis for over 20 years now. Moreover, the audacity with which he performed on the tennis court is a treat to everyone’s eyes. Further, he won praise not only from his fans but also from his fellow players on the tour.
On the place Federer achieved his 1000th career win, Felix guessed it to be Brisbane while Coco guessed Paris. However, the Canadian got it spot-on. The final question was the number of years Federer finished as World Number 1.
This time, both of them answered it correctly as five years. Felix eventually won the battle against Coco 5-3 based on the Swiss maestro’s career. After the challenge, Coco joked, “If this is about Serena, I think I would have got it”.