Earlier this month, Rafael Nadal demolished Novak Djokovic in the Roland Garros final by winning the Parisian Grand Slam for the 13th time in his extraordinary career. Thanks to this success, the Spanish phenomenon has also equaled the record of 20 Grand Slams of the eternal rival Roger Federer, helping to reignite the debate on the GOAT.
With several new factors than usual - such as weather conditions and Wilson balls instead of Babolats - many thought the Majorcan would have given up his scepter in Paris. The 34-year-old from Manacor, on the other hand, grew with the passing of the rounds, risking something only in the first two sets against the Italian Jannik Sinner.
The former world number 1 recently announced his intention to participate in the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy before closing his 2020 with the ATP Finals in London. In a long interview with the Sportstar website, former cricket champion Sunil Gavaskar praised the greatness of Nadal, the author of a feat destined to remain etched in the history of the sport.
Gavaskar: "The Big 3 have a different temperament from the others"
“Rafael Nadal who wins Roland Garros 13 times is an absolutely stunning record. It's the hardest surface to play on and you have to be incredibly fit to beat seven players in two weeks.
Yet Rafa has found the secret that allows him to win the title year after year," explained Gavaskar, who then said: "Now he is on the same level as Roger Federer with 20 Grand Slams on the board. He still has a few years of career ahead of him, so I think he can win other majors in the next two years ”- he added.
The performance of the Big 3 is also surprising for colleagues from other disciplines: "They have been able to consistently reach the final stages of the Grand Slams for the past 15 years. They succeeded despite a wave of young talents eager to take their place, but who could not win as much as they deserved.
It is their temperament that is different from all the others." Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have dominated the world of tennis for over a decade and indeed about two decades and have probably led to seeing the 3 best tennis players in history in the same era.
The Grand Slam race among these 3 phenomena has fascinated fans for years now and at this moment Nadal and Federer are driving with 20 Slams in front of Novak Djokovic's 17.