“It is impossible to name a GOAT, Federer, Nadal and Djokovic are all three very unique”: Denis Shapovalov

Denis Shapovalov claims it is "impossible to name a GOAT" amongst the Big 3 as they are all "unique in their own way".

Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Denis Shapovalov, Rafael Nadal
Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Denis Shapovalov, Rafael Nadal

Denis Shapovalov was last seen at Wimbledon when he made his best ever Grand Slam finish. He lost against world number 1, Novak Djokovic in straight sets in the semi-final. He will next appear in this weeks’ ATP 250 Gstaad Open in Switzerland where he is the number one seed. His first match is against the Czech qualifier, Vit Kopriva. 

The Canadian recently weighed in on the GOAT debate which has been going on for years. 

Novak Djokovic triumphed over the Italian, Matteo Berrettini in the Wimbledon Championships 2021 in a thrilling 4 set match. This win gave the Serbian his 6th Wimbledon win and his 20th Grand Slam title. The Big 3, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are now equaled for the most Grand Slam titles. 

The debate for who is the Greatest Player of all time has been going on for the past few years with mostly everyone considering Federer as the GOAT as he had the most Slam titles. However, with Nadal and Djokovic equaling the record recently, the debate has become more heated. 

“All three of them are very unique in their own way”: Denis Shapovalov

Denis Shapovalov
Denis Shapovalov

Although Shapovalov really admires the Swiss maestro, Roger Federer, he preferred to pay homage to all the three legends. The current world number 10 has played against Nadal, Federer and Djokovic but has been able to defeat only Nadal in Montreal in 2017. 

“It is impossible to name a GOAT. It is truly a personal matter that concerns each individual,” the 22-year-old said in a pre-tournament interview. 

“So-and-so could just look at the stats, another could judge how much of a champion this player was, how he performed as a person or on the courts… All three of them are very unique in their own way. It’s just a super fun generation to be a part of, and definitely something like that will never happen again in history. I think. It’s just super fun to see what the three of them are doing,” he added. 

Also read: “Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are now part of the ‘chasing pack’ behind Novak Djokovic”: Boris Becker