Former world No. 1 Ilie Nastase thinks Rafael Nadal has the edge over Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the GOAT debate since he now owns the all-time Grand Slam record. Nadal, 35, won a record 21st Grand Slam title after beating Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final.
Djokovic didn’t get a chance to compete at the Australian Open after the Australian authorities canceled his visa. On the other side, Federer – who underwent a knee surgery in August – wasn’t ready to return to action at Melbourne Park.
Djokovic and Federer are tied on the second place with 20 Grand Slams eachs. “It is clear that if the question is who has more great titles, the answer is Nadal,” Nastase told Marca, as quoted on Sportskeeda. “If we talk about the best ever there are other factors.
Roger Federer has impressive talent…But there is no doubt that Rafa has 21 Grand Slams and Federer and Djokovic have not.”
Nadal broke the record in a stunning fashion
World No. 1 Medvedev appeared to be cruising toward a comfortable straight-set win over Nadal as he was up by two sets, had a 3-2 lead in the third set and three consecutive break points in the sixth game.
Nadal saved those break points and it was the start of his hostoric comeback. “It was one of the most emotional matches of my career,” Nadal said during the trophy ceremony. “To share the court with Daniil was just an honour.
It is amazing. To be honest, one and a half months ago I wasn’t sure if I was able to be back on the Tour playing tennis again. But today I am here in front of all of you with this trophy in front of me. You are just amazing, thank you so much”.
Nadal is now the top favorite to win the French Open and push his Grand Slam number to 22. Djokovic is expected to be allowed to play the French Open, while Federer is set to skip the second Grand Slam of the season.