Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic are furiously fighting for who is going to be the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time).
The common thinking is that the GOAT is the player that has won the most slams in his or her career. Before the era of the Big3, it was Sampras to hold this record (males) with 14 slams, but curiously 3 players in the same era managed to overtake Pete.
Who is and will be the GOAT?
At the moment, Roger Federer leads the pack in terms of slam-titles count with 20 majors followed by Nadal (18) and Novak Djokovic (16). During the last few years, there have been a couple of key matches that have shaped this log. For example, Roger defeated Nadal in the Australian Open final back in 2017 when he was 1-break-down in the 5th set and if he lost that match, Rafa and Roger would be even with 19 slams each.
Most recently Djokovic managed to defeat Federer in an incredible final in Wimbledon when Roger was not able to convert 2 consecutive championship points when on serve. If Roger won that match, he would have led the Serbian Sensation by 6 majors (21 vs 15), a gap that could have been proved to be fatal for Djokovic in the “GOAT race.”
While Roger is leading the race, many think that Nadal and Djokovic have great chances to overtake the Swiss because they are much younger. In fact, while Federer is 38, Nadal is “still” 33, and Djokovic 32.
Here a fascinating animated graph about who was leading the “slam age’ at a given age. Do not miss the animation.
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Federer at the U.S. Open ranking, and results in 2019
Ranked no.3, the Swiss has a 43-6 win-loss record in 2019. Roger is competing at the U.S. Open where he beat Sumit Nagal 4-6 6-1 6-2 6-4, Damir Dzumhur 3-6 6-2 6-3 6-4, Daniel Evans 6-2 6-2 6-1 and David Goffin 6-2 6-2 6-0.
Roger will take on Dimitrov in the quarter. The head to head is 7-0 for Federer.
The last time that they fought against each other, Federer won 6-2 6-2 in the final in Rotterdam in February 2018.
Federer has won 3 titles in 2019 in Dubai, in Miami and in Halle. The Swiss was the finalist in Indian Wells and in Wimbledon.
The Swiss won 102 titles in his career: 47 on hard courts, 11 on clay courts, 20 on indoor courts, 5 on carpet courts and 19 on grass courts. (See the list of his titles)
Nadal at the U.S. Open ranking, and results in 2019
Nadal will face Cilic in the 4th round. The head to head is 6-2 for Nadal.
The last time that they locked horns, Nadal won 2-6 6-4 6-4 in the quarter in Toronto in August 2018.
The Spaniard has won 3 titles in 2019 in Rome, at the French Open and in Montreal. The Spaniard was the finalist in at the Australian Open.
Rafael won 83 titles in his career: 19 on hard courts, 59 on clay courts, 1 on indoor courts and 4 on grass courts. (See the list of his titles)
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal played each other 42 times. The head to head is 26-16 for Nadal.
The last time that they competed against each other, Roger Federer won 7-63 1-6 6-3 6-4 in the semifinal in Wimbledon in the 12th July 2019.