Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have mixed for 56 grand slam titles.
Now that the 2020 Grand Slam season is finished and Rafael Nadal is tied with Roger Federer at 20 main championships, essentially the most for a person in tennis historical past, adopted by Novak Djokovic at 17, some is likely to be tempted to rekindle the dialog about which is the “Biggest of All-Time.”
The reality is, everybody ought to simply let that GOAT debate go.
Making an attempt to give you a consensus decide is foolish — particularly now, when the Massive Three are nonetheless energetic — and, extra to the purpose, pointless.
Why insist on selecting one after we ought to recognize, admire and elevate all of them?
Two weeks earlier than Nadal trounced Djokovic 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 Sunday to earn a thirteenth trophy on the French Open and catch Federer within the Slam standings, Serena Williams was requested to evaluate the importance of such an achievement.
Williams owns 23 main singles trophies, essentially the most by anybody within the skilled period and second to Margaret Court docket’s all-era commonplace of 24.
“You may’t examine two folks which are equally nice. Roger — I imply, he is Roger Federer. I believe that claims sufficient. So, , it is like, I do not perceive why folks need to pit, ‘Who’s this? Who’s that?’ They each have spectacular careers that 99% of individuals can solely dream of. … Each single credit score and each single factor that they get, they completely deserve it,” Williams stated. “I am a giant fan of each, to be trustworthy.”
Nothing flawed with that.
Additionally nothing flawed with choosing one to cheer for, to love the very best. That is what fandom is all about.
These a fan of Federer, Nadal or Djokovic can construct a case.
“I am a person of numbers,” stated Ivan Lendl, who received eight Slam titles from 1984-90. “And so to me, the man who wins essentially the most majors goes to most likely be considered as the very best ever. Who’s it proper now? … It is nonetheless undecided.”
Nadal has his 20, not less than one at every Slam and not less than one in every of three many years, 2000s, 2010s, 2020s; his 13 at Roland Garros are greater than anybody received at any event; he leads Federer 24-16 head-to-head; he leads Djokovic 5-4 in Grand Slam finals.
Federer has his 20 and a profession Slam, too; he holds the file for many weeks at No. 1 within the ATP rankings; his totals for tour titles (103) and match wins (1,242) are the best of the group.
Djokovic’s 17 main titles makes him the one different man with greater than 14, and he, like his rivals, owns a profession Slam, and like Nadal, has received one in three many years; he leads the head-to-head sequence with each Nadal (29-27) and Federer (27-23); he is received essentially the most Masters 1000s and achieved so twice at every occasion, whereas nobody else even has one title from every at that degree; he’s gaining on Federer in weeks at No. 1.
Their abilities, types and personalities supply one thing for everybody.
“All of them play completely different. All of them love their completely different surfaces, completely different situations. Novak continues to be clearly in attain for the Slam depend, as effectively,” American professional Jack Sock stated. “You may’t actually put your finger on one man. … They’re all GOATs in their very own approach.”
Federer’s serve and his internet sport stand out; he is been finest on Wimbledon’s grass.
Nada’s lefty forehand and courtroom protection stand out; he is been finest on the French Open’s purple clay.
Djokovic’s return and backhand stand out; he is been finest on the Australian Open’s laborious courts.
“These three guys confirmed all through their profession (what) nice champions they’re, regardless of the situations, regardless of the ambiance, regardless of something,” 2014 U.S. Open winner Marin Cilic stated. “They’re able to maintain the whole lot and to combat by difficulties, which is a superb advantage of champions.”
There are, to make certain, different questions for tennis followers to ponder in 2021:
— Can Williams, 39, stay wholesome sufficient to proceed to contend for Slam success?
— Which of the younger current girls’s main champions — Iga Swiatek, 19; Bianca Andreescu, 20; Sofia Kenin, 21; Naomi Osaka, 22; Ash Barty, 24 — will emerge as the very best?
— Can U.S. Open champion Dominic Thiem, 27, separate himself farther from the up-and-coming males?
— Will another person — Daniil Medvedev, 24; Alexander Zverev, 23; Stefanos Tsitsipas, 22; Andrey Rublev, 22; Denis Shapovalov, 21; Casper Ruud, 21; Felix Auger-Aliassime, 20; Jannik Sinner, 19 — be the subsequent to interrupt by?
Nonetheless, there’s nothing flawed with persevering with to give attention to the Massive Three.
No solution to understand how for much longer Federer — 39 and coming off a pair of knee operations that sidelined him for the U.S. Open and French Open — Nadal, 34, and Djokovic, 33, will face one another and ply their specific skills on their sport’s greatest phases.
Be thankful for no matter we get the remainder of the best way. Appears protected to say there by no means shall be something prefer it once more.