Djokovic, Wilander, Gilbert: what they think about Nadal’s Career Grand Slam

Novak Djokovic:

“Nadal … is just proving each day, each year, that he’s getting better. That’s what’s so frustrating, a little bit. He’s getting better each time you play him. He’s so mentally strong and dedicated to this sport. He has all the capabilities, everything he needs, in order to be the biggest ever.”

Ken Skupski:

“Rafael Nadal has the career Grand Slam and an Olympic Gold. Let’s hope he doesn’t try and get all the doubles Grand Slam titles now!”

Brad Gilbert:

“Got to love Djoker playing his heart out. Rafa has worn him down making him work on every pt. It’s like watching discovery channel safari.”

Mahesh Bhupathi:

They asked who was greater Pete or Andre.Today onwards the question will be The Fed or Rafa..possibly the most excting time in Mens tennis!!

Hmm, well, was about the 80’s… Borg, McEnroe, Connors, Lendl, Wilander, Edberg, Becker????

Mats Wilander:

“I think this victory says that we should stop talking about Federer being the greatest player of all time, I truly believe that. We can say that Roger is, but there’s no point in doing that until Nadal is done. It’s already unfair to me to say Roger is because Rafa is beating him all the time on every surface and in the Slam finals.”

Honestly, I think it’s completely stupid and unfair to compare players playing in different eras with different racquets and on different surfaces.
I appreciate Nadal but seriously if he would have played at Wimbledon in the Sampras era on fast grass courts with fast balls, he would have had absolutely no chance to capture the title. But these days, grass courts are as slow as the clay courts of Roland Garros.

You can compare Sampras to Agassi, but really how can you compare let’s say Lendl who played in the Borg-McEnroe-Connors-Wilander-Edberg-Becker era to Federer who plays against well… Nadal.
How can you compare eras when the majors are the most important tournaments of the season to eras when the Australian Open was just a little tournament Down Under and when players would take part to dozens of match exhibitions a year.

Please share you thoughts, what do you think about this all GOAT debate?

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