Bryan brothers pick their GOAT and explain why fans won’t pick Novak Djokovic

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic - who is the GOAT?

It is the longest running and most heated debate in tennis and now the Bryan brothers have given us their verdict on who will be remembered as the greatest player of all-time.

Speaking exclusively to Tennis365 at an All Court Tennis Club event in New York, the legendary brothers who won a record 119 Tour titles in their remarkable careers cast their judgement over whether Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic will go down in history as the best tennis player of all-time in the men’s game.

While Nadal is leading the Grand Slam race with 22 titles and Djokovic is widely expected to finish with most of the key records by the time his career comes to an end, with Mike Bryan admitting he would pick the third member of this triumphant.

“For me it has to be Roger Federer,” Mike told Tennis365. “Those few years when he was dominating, he barely lost any matches.

“The way he does is it always so smooth. He doesn’t sweat, he just like a zen master. He is also the most relaxed in the locker room. Before a Wimbledon final, he laughing in the dressing room like it’s a Sunday afternoon in the park.

“When it’s all said and done, who knows who will have all the records, but I will always have a special place in my heart for Roger.”

Djokovic is a notable absentee from this year’s US Open, after he was denied entry to the United States due to his refusal to be vaccinated against Covid-19, giving Nadal a chance to pull further clear in the all-time Grand Slam title race.

Yet Mike Bryan joins his brother in suggesting Federer will always be reserved a special place in the hearts of tennis fans around the world.

“We are all lucky as tennis fans to be part of this generation watch what these guys do what they are doing,” said Mike.

“Three guys over 20 Grand Slams. I think Roger might have the fans favourite, Novak might have it all on paper when it is said and done. Then Rafa’s 14 French Open title’s is super-human.”

Federer is set to make his long-awaited return to the game later this month as he plays in the Laver Cup in London – alongside Nadal and Djokovic – with the tennis great John McEnroe suggesting the Swiss legend has earned the right to decide when he calls time on his remarkable career.

“He says he wants to play next year and who am I to say that he shouldn’t do that?” questioned McEnroe

He should absolutely do whatever he wants. So, I don’t know but if he wants to play next year, and he’s even thinking about playing the Australian Open, or play these events, he knows what it takes to do that – and he ain’t going there to lose the first round.

“So that will be an interesting decision he will make, I don’t know what will happen, he’s the most beautiful player I’ve ever seen and he’s the epitome of class.”