In an interview to Express the CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame Todd Martin spoke about the race between Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic to hold most Grand Slam titles. Martin, speaking ahead of the US Open final between Nadal and Daniil Medvedev on Sunday, said: "As important as the slams are, I think all of us, all the players throughout time should be graded on their overall portfolio.
Regardless of whether it is 20, 18, 16 or Djokovic 30, Nadal 28 and Federer 20, it doesn't really matter because they are all just out of this world spectacular. "And we should look at what the overall resume looks like.
How many weeks or years were they number one, how long did they play, how many matches did they win, what was their winning percentage? There's so much to grade them all on that I think we get to wrapped up in one data point.
I can't stand the discussion [about the GOAT]. Right now it is difficult because we've got three who could be the greatest of their eras. I'd rather just say they are three spectacles of this era but [Pete] Sampras was by far the best of his era, [Bjorn] Borg was the best of his era, [Rod] Laver was the best of his era, [Don] Budge was the best.
If you look at it that way, I'd love to see these guys grab a wood racket and go back in time 50 years to play with Laver and I think they would have figured it out."