Roger Federer says that Rafael Nadal should be considered ahead of Novak Djokovic in the debate over who is the greatest of all time.
The three titans of tennis have been locked in a three-way battle for dominance for over a decade, and it’s an argument that often divides tennis.
Federer, though, has poured a little fuel on the fire by backing Nadal over Djokovic, adding that his exploits at the French Open over the years set him apart.
“That’s interesting, they have totally different careers,” Federer said when asked by reporters in Mexico which player has achieved more.
“Right now, I would say Rafa, just because of what he has done at the French Open. He is world number one right now.”
Federer attracted a record crowd of 42,000 for his exhibition against Alexander Zverev in Mexico, and he admits he’s still trying to get his head around it.
“I am very happy and proud,” Federer added.
42,000 fans for Federer v Zverev. Absolutely incredible. 🎾🎾 pic.twitter.com/CFtXXw0SBU
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“I kind of know how fans are here, because when I travel across America sometimes or elsewhere, people say, ‘I am coming from Mexico [and I am] very proud’.
“So I knew I have some fans here, but I did not know I had 40,000 fans!”
Federer currently leads the Grand Slam count with 20, although is considerably older than Nadal and Djokovic. Nadal has 19 and Djokovic 16.
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