Toni Nadal is already a legendary figure in tennis, as he was the key element of Rafael’s incredible career. However, during a recent interview with Eurosport, the Spaniard didn’t hide how much he likes Roger Federer.
For me, he [Federer] is a wonderful player. I like to watch Roger Federer a lot. If I wasn’t the uncle nor the coach of Rafael, I would want Federer to win all the matches. But in the end, I like how he plays, because he’s very elegant, but he’s very effective too.
I know Federer is the best ever with I don’t know who; maybe Rod Laver or maybe Rafael, he’s not too far. But at the moment, Federer is the best.”
A common (and not perfect) way to gauge if someone is the GOAT is the total record of slams won. Until now, Federer leads with 20 slams followed by Nadal (19) and Djokovic (17).
Djokovic the most difficult opponent
Talking about Nole, Toni added:
“For us it was always more difficult to play against Djokovic. Because it’s not about who of them is better. For us, when we play against Federer, we have a way to beat him.
In my mind, before going on court, I know what we have to do. When we play against Djokovic, many times, we didn’t know exactly what we had to do. This is more difficult, for me. I prefer to play against Federer.”
Roger Federer’s ranking and performance in 2020
Now ranked no.4, Roger played his last match on the 30th of January when he lost to Novak Djokovic 7-61 6-4 6-3 in the semifinal of the Australian Open.
Roger Federer’s most significant performance of this year was getting to the semi-finals at the Australian Open.
Rafael Nadal’s ranking and performance in 2020
Now ranked no.2, the Spaniard played his last match on the 29th of February when he overcame Taylor Fritz 6-3 6-2 in the final in Acapulco to win his 85th career title.
This season Nadal has a 13-3 win-loss record. Nadal has won 1 title in Acapulco.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal played each other 40 times. The head to head is 24-16 for Nadal. The last time that they fought against each other, Roger Federer won 7-63 1-6 6-3 6-4 in the semifinal in London (Wimbledon) in July 2019.
Novak Djokovic’s ranking and performance in 2020
Ranked no.1, Djokovic played his last match on the 29th of February when he defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3 6-4 in the final in Dubai to win his 80th career title.
At the moment, this season the Serbian has a 18-0 win-loss record. Djokovic clinched 2 titles in 2020 at the Australian Open and in Dubai.