The debate on who is the GOAT of tennis has always been a hot topic of discussion for millions of fans and insiders. This question has long been present in tennis in an era in which Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have taken the game to new levels of excellence, unthinkable a few years ago.
The Swiss star was the first to reach 20 Grand Slams, but was later joined by the other two members of the exclusive Big 3 club. The Serbian, by winning another Major, would take him to 23, acquiring more approvals. Live on BT Sport, Peter Crouch and Jermaine Jenas, former English soccer players, talking about the UEFA Champions League final, scheduled for today, Saturday, in Istanbul between Manchester City and Inter Milan, joined the debate on who is the GOAT of tennis, giving their personal opinion.
They said: "It has to be Federer, for sure. He's a beautiful player to watch. Djokovic has the numbers and the athletic ability, but for me when you look at the sport, the element of grace and the look you have when you you do have to come into play a little bit.
The way Federer played, that backhand."
Federer like Messi, Djokovic like Cristiano Ronaldo
Then they made a comparison with two soccer legends: "Federer is Leo Messi, Djokovic is Cristiano Ronaldo. Djokovic is numbers, robotic, relentless, and will surely finish his career with more Grand Slams than anyone else.
But there's something about looking at Federer... the elegance... that gentleman didn't sweat! Nadal is one of those players that you can't help but love. He fights for every single point and his forehand is no different. It almost looked like he wasn't holding his racket.
It was crazy that Djokovic was able to wedge himself there." The former Liverpool striker then recounted an amusing anecdote related to his past in tennis: "I grew up on grass a bit. I played on hard courts and on grass, on hard courts in winter.
I liked playing on grass by way of Wimbledon. I think my game would have been suited to hard courts. My serve and my volley, I had the height from an early age. I remember playing with other boys of the same age and I was much taller."
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