John McEnroe: Nadal, Djokovic and Federer are the greatest to me

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John McEnroe: Nadal, Djokovic and Federer are the greatest to me

Former tennis legend John McEnroe recently spoke about Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, saying that the three are the greatest according to him. With a total of 53 Grand Slam titles between them, McEnroe said that out shadow every player he has ever played or watched.

“Nadal looked incredible, Federer very close behind, Djokovic very good but slightly behind those guys,” McEnroe told BBC. “These guys, we happen to be at an amazing time in our history. They’re the three greatest players to me.

I love and idolise Rod Laver, played Pete Sampras and Boris Becker. They’re the greatest players that ever lived, and they love to play and compete. That’s what separates them”. “On their age-defying fitness,” McEnroe added: “Number one, there is understanding how to recover, they have teams now and we didn’t have six or eight people around us checking every last detail of your physical and mental [health], and what you needed to do to prepare”.

Speaking about the next generation of players, he said, “The younger players are not as good. I don’t know if they don’t believe, I know it’s quicker, but you’d think the young guys could recover quicker.

Berrettini looked as if he was 50 out there today”. “We’ve got to look at who has the best chance of beating these guys, and to me it would be Querrey, even though Nadal is playing amazing. Pella, Bautista Agut, Goffin. I mean I respect these guys but can you see these guys beating Djokovic? I don’t see that”.