After Rafael Nadal equalled Roger Federer men’s singles grand slam record of 20 singles titles the question on every one’s lips was who is actually the best? Up until now the common belief was Federer due to having more titles but now the same argument can’t be made.
There is now even a strong counter argument to state that Nadal should get this accolade as he has achieved the slam milestone at a younger age than his counterpart Federer. Djokovic on the other hand can also probably stake a claim to being the best as he stands currently on 17 titles and at age 33 has a great chance to overtake both Roger and Rafa given his physical capabilities and basically being very low risk on long term injuries.
He also has a better head-to-head against the other two; he has won four grand slams in a row; and he has a 3-0 record against Federer in Wimbledon finals. Nadal is definitely the greatest clay-courter of all time, with 13 of his 20 grand slam titles coming on the surface.
Nadal holds the record for the longest single-surface win streak in the Open Era. He also holds the all-time male record for the most Grand Slam titles won without losing a set with four, all at the French Open, as well as the all-time record (male or female) for the most titles at a single Grand Slam tournament.
Federer however gets the vote.
Federer has won a record eight Wimbledon men's singles titles, six Australian Open titles, five US Open titles (all consecutive, a record), and one French Open title. Federer's all-court game and versatile style of play involve exceptional footwork and shot-making.
Effective both as a baseliner and a volleyer, his apparent effortlessness and efficient movement on the court have made Federer highly popular among tennis fans. He has received the tour Sportsmanship Award 13 times and been named the ATP Player of the Year and ITF World Champion five times.
He has won the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award a record five times, including four consecutive awards from 2005 to 2008. He is also the only person to have won the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year award four times.
The fact that Roger Federer is the highest paid sportsman in 2020 just further shows that he is truly and obviously the greatest tennis player we have seen.