'Roger Federer and Nadal have elevated tennis to a higher category', says top coach

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'Roger Federer and Nadal have elevated tennis to a higher category', says top coach

Even in 2020 Novak Djokovic was the tennis player to beat and beyond the pandemic and the problems in the last two Slams of the year Djokovic has won all the races this season and seemed almost unbeatable. Ending this season at the top, Novak Djokovic would be the first tennis player after Pete Sampras to finish the season in first place in the ATP rankings for a full six years in his career.

An incredible record with the Serbian who would overtake Jimmy Connors in the standings, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal who finished the season in first place in the standings for five years in the course of their career.

A further record and a statistic that the Serbian certainly refers to. In this 2020 Novak Djokovic got off to a great start by leading Serbia to win the ATP Cup title and continuing the positive streak by winning the title at the Australian Open, eighth title in Melbourne and 17 title of his career.

Before the Pandemic Djokovic also won the title in Dubai and picked up where he left off in the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati. Then came the difficult episode to comment on in New York and the final defeat in Paris, but Novak Djokovic's season can still remain in records.

Toni Nadal says his nephew Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are ‘rightfully the best two players in history,’ even if you take statistics out of the equation.

Uncle Toni on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

“Statistics aside Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have elevated this sport to a higher category, something that others can hardly do,” Toni Nadal told El Pais.

“It seems right to me that both are considered the two best players in tennis history”. Toni Nadal was one of the analysts before the match claiming that the conditions favoured Novak Djokovic, but he believes the match was of extra special importance for his nephew.

“The stakes were high and Rafa knew from the start of the tournament. On the one hand he could match Roger Federer with the Grand Slam tournament record and, on the other hand, in case of defeat he would lose his unbeaten record in the finals”.

This is the first time Federer and Nadal have held the same number of major titles. When they started their careers, Pete Sampras held the all-time Grand Slam championship record with 14. Now Federer and Nadal each have 20, and Djokovic owns 17 major trophies.

"Thanks to Roger for the words. As everybody knows, we have a very, very good relationship. We respect each other a lot," Nadal said. "In some ways, I think he's happy when I'm winning and I'm happy when he's doing things well.

In some way for me it means a lot, the positive relationship that we have together, because we have been going through a great rivalry for a very, very long time."