Whenever a member of the Big 3 takes home a Grand Slam, the debate about the best of all time reignites. Winning for the ninth time at the Australian Open ten days ago, Novak Djokovic has narrowed the gap that separates him from eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Grand Slam standings.
The world number 1, who pocketed the 18th Major in his career, is also already certain to break the all-time record of weeks at the top of the ATP rankings. Nadal will have a greedy chance of climbing to 21 Grand Slams at Roland Garros in two and a half months, even though Nole has already expressed her desire to grab another trophy in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.
The speech relating to Federer is different, away from the fields for over a year for a double operation on his right knee. The Swiss phenomenon will return to the field in Doha next week. In a recent interview with the Tennis Channel, double legend Todd Woodbridge expressed his judgment on the GOAT.
Woodbridge on the GOAT debate
"If I was to pick who the greatest is for me, it would be Roger Federer," Todd Woodbridge said. "Because Roger for me is the greatest all-court player that we have ever seen. He would have won more French Opens if it were not for Rafael Nadal dominating there.
His Grand Slam tally would be far more even. But I look at the classical part of the game," the Aussie added. "Forehand, backhand, movement, transition to the net; all court game for me is the winner when we talk about the GOAT."
Four-time Slam champion and noted tennis analyst Jim Courier claimed that he couldn't pick any one of the three as the GOAT, given that they are all still active on the tour. "Who I think is going to be the GOAT when it's all said and done based on the pure numbers, if we take emotions and fan favoritism out of it, I think it will be Novak Djokovic," Courier said.
"I think eventually he'll claim most of the most significant numbers and have a real strong case to be the GOAT." World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is one of the most celebrated players in the men’s game. However, the man who transformed the young Serb into a machine-like player is Marian Vajda.
In 2006, the former Slovak tennis player took up the task of coaching Novak and the rest is history. “We need to see what his calendar will look like. I’m worried about reports of his injury. We will certainly reduce the number of tournaments.
His health must be most important to us. I think I will travel to Dubai to see him, and I will certainly be with him. at Roland Garros”.