The umpteenth triumph of Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros - moreover in absolutely unprecedented conditions - has helped to reignite the debate on the greatest ever. By winning the Parisian Grand Slam for the fourth time without giving up a single set, the former World number 1 has in fact crowned his long chase for Roger Federer's record, equaling it to 20 Grand Slams.
Novak Djokovic, for his part, is stuck at 17 after his success at the Australian Open, although it must be remembered that the Serbian is the youngest of the Big 3. The Belgrade phenomenon has guaranteed the mathematical certainty of ending the season at the top of ATP ranking for the sixth time in his career, equaling his idol Pete Sampras.
Thanks to the new pandemic-induced ranking system, Nole has a greedy chance to beat Federer's record by weeks at number 1 ATP. In the course of an interview with Marca, former WTA number 1 Caroline Wozniacki dwelt at length on her life after retiring from tennis (which took place this year at the Australian Open).
The conversation then moved on to the eternal debate related to the GOAT.
Wozniacki on the GOAT debate
"It is a complicated answer. Maybe right now, (I am) with Roger Federer," Caroline Wozniacki replied. "We have to see what happens in the next few years.
I think both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic also deserve that title. Tennis will miss them when they retire." The Dane also asserted that Rafael Nadal's triumph at Roland Garros this year was an incredible achievement, and claimed that it is one of the more difficult tournaments to win even in normal circumstances.
"Is incredible. Under normal conditions it would be something impossible to achieve, but Rafa has taught us that believing in it and with hard work, anything is possible. It is truly inspiring what the best can do," said the former World No.
1. Federer’s partnership with Nike hasn’t completely ended. Nike supplies Federer with footwear as Uniqlo doesn’t manufacture tennis shoes. Further, in March 2020 Federer got back his iconic ‘RF’ logo from Nike.
But since then he has not played so the initials have not featured on his clothing yet. Let’s see if Federer dawns the logo when he is on court next year. Roger Federer and his fans are eyeing his anticipated return in next year’s Australian Open.
Having not touched his racket in the past 10 months, Federer is looking confident of returning and playing at the top again. And recently the 20-time Grand Slam explained what he must do to return in 2021.