In an exclusive interview with the Tennis365 portal, former Roland Garros semi-finalist Fernando Gonzalez talked about the GOAT issue, which is involving Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Gonzalez explained: "Up until a decade and a half ago, the idea that any player could win 10 Grand Slams was pure utopia.
Now there are three guys who have won 20 Grand Slams each, it's just crazy. From the point of view of numbers, I am convinced that Novak Djokovic will end up with the highest number of Grand Slams and perhaps the best statistics.
However, for me there are other criteria for decreeing the greatest ever. Nole is breaking all records, but that doesn't necessarily mean he's the GOAT. If we analyze the impact on people and the way they play, Roger Federer is number 1.
His classic style and his ability to play across the board have driven generations crazy. Djokovic gives you the feeling of never missing a ball, while Rafael Nadal is an absurd warrior."
The season of the Big 3
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have monopolized the men's circuit for the past decade and a half.
The Big 3 are currently tied with 20 Grand Slams each, after the Serbian has closed the gap thanks to his resounding 2021. The number 1 in the world has in fact won three majors this year, as well as having touched the legendary 'Calendar Grand Slam'
Had he triumphed at the US Open, the 34-year-old from Belgrade would have become the second man in the Open Era after Rod Laver to clinch all four Grand Slams in the same season. Federer was back on the pitch last March after more than a year's absence, but he scored the misery of 13 official matches without ever shining.
A year with more shadows than lights for Nadal too, limited to just seven official tournaments due to a chronic foot injury. The 35-year-old Spaniard will return to the Abu Dhabi exhibition in December and will take part in the Australian Open 2022. He is uncertain about Nole’s presence in Melbourne, as vaccination will be mandatory to play the Happy Slam.