Why The GOAT Debate in Men’s Tennis Matters. Rafael Nadal took home a historic 13th French Open title this month. With his win, he brought his total number of Grand Slam wins to 20, tying Roger Federer’s record. This victory reopened the GOAT debate for many fans.
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Ivan Lendl offers a logical response to the GOAT debate. The Hall of Famer names Rod Laver as the pre-Open era GOAT and says the Open era GOAT will be the Big 3 champion—Roger Federer, Rafael ...
On the heels of Novak Djokovic’s latest coronation in Australia, the GOAT debate is once again percolating among the tennis cognoscenti. It’s not a surprise. The Big Three have won 58 of 70 Grand Slam titles since Roger Federer claimed his maiden Wimbledon title in 2003. That’s 82.8571 percent if you’re scoring at home.
Here, as in men’s tennis, GS is NOT the only measure, although those who debate the other way, count them more. One of the core determinants of GOAT status in an individual sport such as tennis is your competition. Unlike in the men ’s, where the golden era is upon us, and 3 of the top players are all playing in the same era (more or less). On the women’s side this is NOT the case at all.
Djokovic has the advantage against both Federer (27-23) and Nadal (30-28 with Friday’s win). Nadal has gone 24-16 against Federer, including a 14-2 record on clay. Djokovic has fared better than ...
Played in both the old and new eras of tennis and being exceptional in both. Was able to adapt to the more diverse court speeds of yore and when being a court specialist was a thing. Now court homogenization has made things a lot duller and made it easier to collect wins from every surface.