‘Roger Federer surpasses tennis’ – legend explains why Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic can’t be GOAT

Michael Graham
Roger Federer celebrates

Legend Rod Laver believes that Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will never surpass Roger Federer’s legacy, even if they win more Grand Slams than him.

Both Nadal and Djokovic have won two Grand Slams this season, leaving them just one and four titles respectively short of Federer’s record haul of 20.

Both are younger too, meaning they are well-positioned to finish up with more major titles to their name than Federer.

Laver, though, says that number of Grand Slam titles is an inaccurate method of measuring legacy, and he thinks the fact Federer is even still playing is testament to his

“He seems to be fine and that’s what counts,” Laver told Swiss newspaper Aargauer.

“If you love the game as much as you do, that’s fine.

“I also give Roger a very good chance of winning the Australian Open again in Melbourne in January.”

“Nadal, Djokovic and Federer are all big champions.

“But Roger surpasses tennis, the world of sport, and sports in general in a way that no one in history has done before him.

“He is the most recognized athlete in the world and a figurehead for this great game.”

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