'I think Roger Federer still takes that', says Grand Slam champion

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'I think Roger Federer still takes that', says Grand Slam champion

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal find themselves paired at 20 Grand Slams each, after the Spaniard equaled his eternal rival last year by winning Roland Garros for the 13th time in his career. The Manacor phenomenon could attempt the extension as early as the Australian Open 2021, while the 39-year-old Swiss has decided to forgo the Down Under trip due to the imperfect condition of his knee.

The former world number 1, who will return to the field in Doha in the second week of March, has his mind focused on Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics postponed by a year due to the global pandemic. Indian tennis legend Sania Mirza recently appeared on an Australian Open pre-show organized by Sony Sports, where she was asked if Nadal could be considered the GOAT if she were to override Federer in the Grand Slam rankings.

In Mirza's opinion, majors should not be the only evaluation tool when it comes to the greatness of a tennis player.

Mirza on Roger Federer

"He (Rafael Nadal) is definitely the greatest of all time on clay, there's no doubt about that, but I don't know if he's the greatest of all time in terms of just pure talent," Sania Mirza said.

"I think Roger Federer still takes that. I think anyone that knows even a little bit of tennis knows that. I don't know if you agree with me or not, but when you watch Roger play tennis (it) comes a lot easier to you than it comes from most people in the world."

Twenty-time Grand Slam winner, Roger Federer, didn’t take part in the season’s first Grand Slam event in Australia, disappointing his legions of fans who were eagerly awaiting his return. The Swiss ace has been out of action since his semifinal defeat to Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open last year.

However, Federer is closely following the first Grand Slam of the year. He complimented Thanasi Kokkinakis after he won his opening-round match. Apart from tennis, he also has a keen eye on other sporting action. For instance, he put up a post on Instagram, congratulating Tom Brady for winning the Super Bowl.

The Swiss superstar put up a post today, wishing his Chinese fans from all over the world a ‘Happy Chinese New Year’. It is a short clip, in which Federer is speaking in mandarin (Chinese language). The Chinese Lunar New Year is being celebrated on the 12th of February this year.