Australian great explains why he ‘finds it hard to suggest’ that Roger Federer is the GOAT
Australian doubles great Todd Woodbridge believes Roger Federer can’t be considered the greatest tennis player of all time due his inferior head-to-head record against Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
The Big Three are considered modern day greats with many unable to separate them in terms of the greatest player of all time (GOAT) debate. Federer and Nadal lead the stats in terms of most Grand Slams won as they are both on 20 while Djokovic is three adrift.
However, Federer has a negative H2H against his two nemeses as Nadal leads their rivalry 24-16 while Djokovic has a 27-23 advantage over the Swiss. As for the Nadal-Djokovic battle, the Serb leads it 29-27.
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Although Woodbridge feels Federer is the “greatest all-court player”, he is not backing him as the overall GOAT.
“He [Federer] is the greatest all-court player,” the Australian told Wide World of Sports Radio. “I find it hard to suggest he is the greatest [of all time] when he doesn’t have a winning record over Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.”
Woodbridge also believes Nadal’s dominance at Roland Garros takes away from Federer’s claim as the GOAT.
The Spaniard has won 13 French Open titles while Federer only has one to his name.
“But his [Federer’s] game style, the way he’s carried himself – Rafa spoiled it by dominating the French Open with 13 Grand Slam titles,” he added.
“If Roger could’ve won three of them and Rafa just 10 – well then yes, he would’ve been [the greatest of all-time].”
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