Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer? Who is the greatest sportsman ever? The two phenomena of tennis can be considered on a par with other phenomena of other sports such as Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Maradona and Pelé, Lewis Hamilton and Muhammad Ali.
The two tennis players have written indelible pages in the history of tennis, giving fans one of the greatest challenges in the history of sport. A rivalry that has given us encounters such as the 2008 Wimbledon finals or those that excited us at the 2009 and 2017 Australian Open.
The two players have rewritten a series of records that, twenty years ago, seemed impossible to beat. In addition to this it must be said that these two players have brought this sport to peaks of popularity lower only than football in the world and on a par with sports such as Formula 1 and Nba.
Former World number 1 Boris Becker broke down the games of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, rating them on many different parameters. Nadal won his 20th Major on Sunday - equaling Federer's all-time record - to throw open the G.O.A.T debate once again.
Becker compares Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal
"Serve - Roger Federer 9: Incredibly accurate in terms of picking his spots and hard to read for his opponents. He also delivers a great second serve from what is another classical part of his game with a smooth and almost effortless-looking action," Boris Becker wrote.
"Rafael Nadal 8: This can be put in the category of another area that Rafa has improved in the past ten years, as it was originally a weakness. He has adapted his technique to make it more powerful and varied." Volleys - Roger Federer 10: His hand-eye coordination is so good, and he picks up the ball so early, that he can do pretty much what he wants with his volley.
As someone who has come to the net so often from early in his career, he is supremely comfortable there," the German added. "Rafael Nadal 9: He also has a fantastic eye and this would be an area of his game that is sometimes underrated.
The baseline is his natural territory, but most players would love to have his touch around the net as well." Forehand - Roger Federer 9: This shot is a bit of a throwback to the eighties, a flatter stroke than Rafa's without the extreme western grip.
Devastating from anywhere on the court, but not quite the monster that the Spaniard possesses," Becker went on. "Rafael Nadal 10: A unique shot which sees him almost hit his head on the follow through. But that is what gives it so much power and spin, making it bounce up high in a way that has, in particular, broken down so many opposing backhands."
Backhand - Roger Federer - 8: Again a classic old-school sort of stroke that has served Roger so well, and is especially good on quicker surfaces. His backhand slice, which imparts a deceptive amount of spin, is better than that of his rival," Becker wrote.
"Rafael Nadal - 8: An area which ten years ago was a bit of a weakness in terms of variety but has massively improved. Rafa benefits from being ambidextrous and on the day I thought it was a key shot in winning Sunday's final."