Ivan Lendl: "GOAT issue influenced by decisions on vaccines"

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Ivan Lendl: "GOAT issue influenced by decisions on vaccines"

Ivan Lendl has returned to talk about the GOAT question, a topic on which tennis players, insiders, media and fans have been debating for years, and which involves Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. The Czech-born tennis player, ruler of the ATP Tour at the end of the 80s with 8 Slam titles won and 270 weeks at the top of the ATP ranking, said how to indicate the GOAT today is not easy, also because of the political decisions taken on vaccinations.

Andy Murray's former coach made statements, admitting that the vaccine case involving Novak Djokovic could heavily affect the final judgment. He said: "The fight for the Goat title is somewhat influenced by political decisions on the subject of vaccinations."

Ivan Lendl: "GOAT issue influenced by decisions on vaccines"

Lendl, a naturalized USA since 1992, therefore seems to have sided with the Serbian in the fight for the title of the greatest player in tennis history.

Roger Federer and Pete Sampras? not even named. Despite Roger has wrote pages of tennis history. At the moment Rafael Nadal is the tennis player to have won the most Slams thanks also to the super performances of 2022: he has reached 22 Slam trophies, against Nole's 21 and Roger Federer's 20, who has been out for over a year now.

Djokovic holds the record for the number of Masters 1000, 38 against Nadal's 36, and also holds the record for weeks at the top of the ATP ranking, with the Swiss second and Rafa far behind. If the Spaniard, unlike the native of Belgrade, can also boast Olympic gold in the singles, the ATP Finals are still missing, while Djokovic can boast 5, with Federer at 6.

The former star of the 80s then specified: "If Novak Djokovic will have won more Grand Slam titles at the end of his career despite the problem related to lack of vaccination, we will have the answer. On the other hand, if Rafa Nadal wins another title, will have to answer the question of the vaccine and the impact on Nole's career."