The triad of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic has stood out from the rest of the players over the past decade and a half. The Swiss and the Spaniard currently share a record of 20 Grand Slam titles each, while the Serbian is pushing them to 18 after winning the Australian Open for the umpteenth time.
The Majorcan phenomenon will have a gluttonous chance at Roland Garros, where he could definitely detach King Roger in the all-time ranking. Despite having played only one official tournament so far, Rafa is still the big favorite in the clay courts, but Nole will certainly not be watching.
The world number 1 came out with broken bones from last year's final, which is why he will do everything possible to take revenge in the French capital. Different speech relating to Federer, author of a fleeting return to Doha and willing to bet everything on Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics.
It goes without saying that Nadal's triumphs in Paris in 2020 and Djokovic's in Melbourne this year have reignited the eternal debate on the GOAT. Through her official Twitter account, 18-time Grand Slam champion Chris Evert has sent a message to all tennis fans.
Chris Evert on the GOAT debate
It started with Craig O’Shannessy, a tennis analyst, who insisted that “3 G.O.A.T.S. are better than 1”. Although it is a point made by many in the past, he helped his case by asking an intriguing question.
He elaborated, “Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal & Novak Djokovic have elevated our sport & each other to rarefied levels over the past two decades. Are we doing their stellar careers a disservice by trying to pick one from the pack to anoint as superior?” Federer, Nadal and Djokovic unquestionably reign an era of tennis excellency.
Also, it is only from far away that any player can match their contribution to the sport. However, weighing the three among each other has become a strenuous job with no plausible result. Chris Evert, a great ambassador of tennis herself, decided to end the debate once and for all.
She responded, “Great point! All three are the G.O.A.T.S. Let’s celebrate them, not compare them!” While much has been said and written about Rafael Nadal’s enduring love affair with Paris, or Roland-Garros to be more precise, there’s another prestigious venue that has been similarly rewarding for the superstar Spaniard over the years.
The current World No.3 has won an unprecedented 11 titles at the Monte Carlo Masters, underlining a remarkable reign that can only be matched by his exploits in Paris.