The long-standing discussion about who the GOAT will be in the history of tennis continues to collect interesting statements and rumors. 2021 has started a few days ago and at the moment Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are the players with the most Grand Slams, standing at 20, ahead of the 17 of current world number one Novak Djokovic.
Between the US Open and Roland Garros Nole has wasted interesting chances to reduce the gap from the first two, but now he is called to return and already in February at the Australian Open he has a great chance to try to get closer.
In 2020 we saw three different winners in as many Slams but at the beginning of the season there was talk as if Novak Djokovic was now ready to reach or at least approach the other two phenomena. Since 2011 Novak Djokovic has been the dominant tennis player on the circuit, finishing several times at the top of the standings and with a large number of successes between Grand Slams, Masters 1000 and Atp Finals.
Thanks to these numbers, in any case, Novak Djokovic will be considered as one of the best of all time. In a write-up for Nieuwsblad, Kim Clijsters' former coach Marc De Hous explained why he believes Rafael Nadal’s claim to the 'GOAT' title is questionable.
De Hous talks about Rafael Nadal
"Whether Rafael Nadal is the best of all time remains a difficult question,” Marc De Hous said. “He is more specialized than Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer on one surface”.
Clijsters’ former coach does believe, however, that Rafael Nadal’s professionalism and dedication to the sport are second to none. De Hous also expressed hope that his compatriot David Goffin - who has been struggling for form of late - takes a leaf out of Nadal’s book.
“But Nadal remains the ultimate super pro, who, even on a bad day, plays every ball as if it were his last,” De Hous added. “David Goffin can learn a lesson from it”. De Hous was also critical towards some of Novak Djokovic’s other slip-ups in 2020.
“He (Novak Djokovic) was virtually unbeatable for a whole year until he eliminated himself by unknowingly hitting a tennis ball against a female line judge," De Hous said. "He can be a fool at times, with his nonsense about dirty water and his exhibition tournament that produced so many COVID infections”.
The World No.1 Novak Djokovic had even said in an early interview that it was high time for technology to take over the sport. Of course, he was one of the favorites to win the US Open 2020 and thus, was not at all happy with what happened to him.