After Eurosport conducted a Twitter poll asking their audience about the GOAT between the big three – Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic – a clear winner emerged with more than 50% of the votes. The winner was Novak Djokovic, who received 51% of the total votes cast by 4,662 respondents.
Some think that the GOAT debate should be settled by the number of Grand Slam titles, while others argue that Federer is “tennis” and that he is the GOAT no matter what. “People always like to compare. I see it every day with my twins.
Unintentionally, they are compared. You shouldn’t, ever,” Federer told The Associated Press. “Naturally, we do the same in tennis. I am my own career, my own player, who needed those challenges. They needed a challenger like me.
We made each other better. So at the end of the day, we’ll all shake hands and say, ‘That was amazing. Now, is anyone going to be happier than the other? I mean, in moments, maybe.” Isner names Djokovic as the GOAT.
American ace John Isner considers Novak Djokovic to be the most difficult to face among the big three. “It’s probably Novak. Although I remember Rafa on clay, I’ve played him on clay like four times. I think, once in the French Open, you know, it’s one of the most difficult tasks in our sport, in vintage sport.
It’s beating that guy on clay and even more so beating him at what we know as Roland Garros,” he said. Isner also recalled his matchup at the 2015 China Open, which took place in frigid conditions. “I played against him in Beijing years ago.
I’m going to try to remember it, in 2015. In the quarterfinals, it’s a big game, a big tournament and I was excited to play him in the quarterfinals and I went to bed that night and I looked in my weather app and just checked the weather.”
Federer wowed everyone
Roger Federer – who retired at the Laver Cup in London last month – is widely regarded as one of the most aesthetically pleasing players in the sport’s history. Federer is also a quintessential gentleman – both on and off the court – and Eugene Lapierre only has fond memories of the Swiss in Montreal.
Eugene Lapierre said that Federer oozed class and was perfection personified. “Federer is just top class,” said Lapierre. “He realised the impact and reach he could have with everyone. He never wavered, made special requests.
He was very happy to come to Montreal, he was always very nice. With him, there is not a hair sticking out, as they say. It was very Swiss in attitude. A perfect guy, who was also perfect on the court”.