Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Roger Federer, these three stars are widely regarded as the three greatest ever tennis players in history. With 22, 21, and 20 Grand Slam titles to their name respectively, the three players have fans all over the world in splits over who is the better of the three of them.
Rafael Nadal won his most recent Grand Slam at the French Open earlier this year after he beat world number 1 Daniil Medvedev in the finals of the event, whereas Novak Djokovic won his 21st Grand Slam a few weeks ago after beating Nick Kyrgios in the finals of the 2022 Wimbledon.
Ivan Lendl talks about the involvement of politics in the GOAT debate
With Novak Djokovic’s participation at the US Open looking unlikely due to his vaccination status, it seems like in the absence of the Serbian and Federer due to his injury it will be Rafael Nadal only as one of the big guns at the final major of the season. Former tennis professional Ivan Lendl worries about a similar thing and how Djokovic’s absence will again give Nadal a free pass for the tournament.
On the topic, Ivan Lendl said, “That story is not over yet, it will be finished when all three say goodbye. At the moment, Roger seems to be out of it, because he hasn’t played for a long time and he is the oldest. It is fascinating to watch and follow, not only for people from the tennis world but for everyone else, spectators, and fans. The only thing I regret a little bit is that the fight is somehow affected by politics at the moment because of the vaccination issue. I only hope that in 20 years we won’t look at it through that prism, that we won’t be sure who is the greatest because of politics.“
“If Rafa wins one more title, I think he will have to answer the question about the vaccination and the fact that Novak could not play. And I don’t think that’s fair, I’d actually like to see someone have a two, three, four title advantage at the top, I don’t care who it is, I don’t have a favorite. Just for the sake of answering that question, to be clear, and not to say ‘if this man could play, maybe it would be different, your record is not that good. That is not fair,” Ivan Lendl added further in an interview with Nova TV.