Novak Djokovic of Serbia is the current top player in tennis the last few years but Roger Federer is still the greatest of all time, according to former pro Mats Wilander. The seven-time Grand Slam winner also admired Rafael Nadal’s competitive nature and for helping tennis become popular all around the world.
“John McEnroe obviously, but there have been several ones. Also Roger Federer, because he is the best player ever, for how he behaves on and off-court,” Wilander stated to IBTimes.co.uk.
“I say McEnroe for the way he played and because he showed his emotions. Then Roger and Rafa came and they made tennis popular in Africa and Asia too.”
Wilander was also asked about the status of Nadal and if he will retire from tennis because of injury problems.
“Absolutely, nope. It depends on himself, many players stop when they do not win anymore. It happened to me as well, but many people suddenly come back to win and are unstoppable,” Wilander, who was one of the popular players in his time, added.
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are not the same players during their younger years when they were the top players in tennis. Both struggled with injuries that have affected their on-court performance the last two years.
Rafael Nadal last won a Grand Slam in 2014 winning the French Open while Roger Federer won his last Grand Slam at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships. Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic has won five of the last eight Grand Slam titles but he is also struggling from fatigue and injuries lately.
Djokovic is the world number one but he wants to reach Federer’s status as the “best ever”. He has to match Federer’s total Grand Slam wins to be considered the greatest ever in the sport.
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