Considered the 3 greatest tennis players of all time, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are regularly compared to find out who dominates the other two. New, the latter has surpassed his Swiss counterpart in the number of Grand Slam titles, and now has an additional argument to pass in front of him. However, according to Mark Petchey, these incessant comparisons sometimes destroy the pleasure of seeing these players.
In the sports world, it is common to hear debates about who is the best of all time. Tennis is no exception, and three players stand out, namely Rafael NadalNovak Djokovic and Roger Federer. Still active, even if the latter has been regularly absent due to long injury in recent years, all have arguments to make, but one of the most important is probably the number of Grand Slam titles. For the moment, this ranking is dominated by the Spaniard and his 22 trophies. Behind him, his two competitors were tied, until the recent victory of the Serb at Wimbledon.
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Djokovic has won more Grand Slams than Federer
If he missed many deadlines at the start of the year due to his non-vaccination against Covid 19, Novak Djokovic can now well and truly foul the courts. Some tournaments are still inaccessible to him for the moment, and the Serb should miss theU.S. Openhowever, he has been able to show himself on several occasions recently, including at Wimbledon. At the end of a particular edition, marked by the absence of Russian and Belarusian players, and the absence of points, the 35-year-old player won his 4th consecutive title on the turf of All-England, bringing his number of victories at the Grand Slam at 21. Nole one so outdated Roger Federerwith whom he was tied until then, and has a new argument in the debate about the best player in history.
“It’s amazing to think that Djokovic has overtaken Federer”
pour theAustralian Open Podcastthe consultant Marc Petchey referred to the inevitable GOAT debate. According to him, if it is incredible to have been able to observe the struggle between Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federerand to see that the latter is now behind the Serb in the number of Grand Slam titles, this discussion is not necessarily always good. “I’ve been saying this for a while now, I like that the rivalry between the fans takes the focus a bit away from what we’ve seen from the players over the years. It is obviously incredible to think that Novak Djokovic has overtaken Roger Federer in terms of Grand Slam tournament wins. I think comparison is the thief of joy and I think the comparisons that are always made between players to know who is the best, who is the greatest, have really taken away, sometimes, the value of these great tennis players » he explained, in remarks relayed by We love tennis.
Federer will soon be back
Record holder for the number of titles to Wimbledon, Roger Federer could not try to win his 21st Grand Slam. Injured, the Swiss has been forced to stay away from the courts since his defeat against Hubert Hurkacz on the lawn of All-England in 2021, and no longer even appears in the ATP rankings, he who no longer has the slightest point. This one should make its return in September, on the occasion of the Rod Laver Cupbut the subject of his retirement is coming more and more to the table, as he named it a few days ago: “I’m a lover of winning, but if you’re not competitive anymore, then it’s better to stop. I don’t think I need tennis.”.