In a recent interview with the Olé portal, train ATP number 4 Jose Luis Clerc said that Rafael Nadal would put an end to the GOAT debate by triumphing again at the Roland Garros. Clerc said: “If Rafael Nadal were to win Roland Garros for the 14th time, he would unquestionably be the greatest ever.
Novak Djokovic is still competitive, while I doubt Roger Federer will win any more majors. All fans of the sport would like Roger to play. forever, but it’s not possible. A lot of people keep telling me that Federer is the best, but for me the GOAT is the one who will win the most Grand Slams.
” The 40-year-old from Basel had to overtake Rafael Nadal in the all-time Grand Slam standings, while Novak Djokovic snatched the record for weeks at the top of the ATP rankings. The King does not win a Major from the 2018 Australian Open.
Rafael Nadal’s super start of the season
Rafael Nadal became the protagonist of a fabulous start to the season. After opening his season with a victory at the ATP 250 in Melbourne, the Spanish phenomenon literally blew the bank at the Australian Open.
In a tournament that had often been hostile to him in the past, the former world number 1 achieved one of the most incredible feats of his entire career. The 35-year-old Majorcan recovered two sets of disadvantage from Daniil Medvedev in the final, finding the energy to overturn a challenge that is now almost lost.
By winning the Happy Slam for the second time, Rafa overtook Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time rankings of the Slams. The Manacor veteran has also become the fourth man in history to have won all Grand Slams at least twice, along with Djokovic, Rod Laver and Roy Emerson.
As if that were not enough, the Iberian also won in the prestigious Acapulco tournament. His unbeaten streak stopped in the Indian Wells final, where he was defeated by host Taylor Fritz, also thanks to a fractured rib. Rafael should come back for the events in Rome and Paris.