The start of the season of tennis player Rafael Nadal was held back by some back problems that saw the Spanish champion give up the ATP Cup, a team competition at the beginning of the season, and that saw him play certainly not 100% at the Australian Open , the first Grand Slam tournament of the year.
The tennis player had also played good tennis up to the Quarter Finals, where, two sets ahead against the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, he lost the third set in the tiebreak and thus started the comeback of the Greek, who, after Roger Federer and Fognini, is the third player in history to win a match against the Majorcan after being under two sets to zero.
In this period Nadal has decided to give up both the Acapulco and Rotterdam tournaments to safeguard his health and this week, Daniil Medvedev, in case of victory in the Dutch tournament, will be able to overtake him in second position in the standings.
Tennis Channel recently asked some prominent personalities from the tennis community who their pick for the GOAT in men's tennis was. Not surprisingly, the answers varied a lot. Doubles legend and noted tennis commentator Todd Woodbridge named Roger Federer as his pick for the GOAT.
The Australian chose Federer because of the Swiss' classic all-court game, which he personally gives more weightage to.
Bublik on Roger Federer
"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." In the video, noted tennis journalist Nick McCarvel, renowned coach Daniel Vallverdu and British tennis pro Heather Watson refused to give a clear-cut choice for the GOAT.
But for Alexander Bublik, there is simply no looking beyond Roger Federer. "Roger Federer is tennis, guys," Bublik said. "I don't know. It's simple. For me, if there is no Roger there would be no tennis as we see nowadays."
While Djokovic edges past Rafa in their head-to-head, the Spaniard leads the tie in his rivalry with Federer. They’ve played each other on 40 occasions, and Nadal has won 24 of those matches against Roger’s 16 wins.
The first time the Spaniard played against the Swiss superstar was as a young 17-year-old and they are still going toe-to-toe in their mid-thirties.