The GOAT verdict has been granted to Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, with the caveat that ‘Grand Slams do not count.’
Grand Slams, according to Richard Gasquet, are useless in determining whether Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic is the greatest tennis player of all time.
When it comes to determining who the greatest tennis player of all time is, tennis champion Richard Gasquet claims that ‘aesthetics and grace’ are more essential than Grand Slam wins. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were both rated as “exceptional” players by Gasquet, but Roger Federer was named the best.
Pete Sampras is fourth on the all-time list with 14 major titles, while the other two have a combined total of 20 Grand Slams.
The King of Clay, Nadal has won 13 of his 20 wins at the French Open, while Djokovic has won nine titles at the Australian Open and Federer has won Wimbledon more times than anybody else (eight titles).
Federer hasn’t won a Grand Slam since 2018, and with increased injury difficulties in recent years, it seems only a matter of time before Djokovic or Nadal – or both – finally overtake him.
Richard Gasquet, whose best Grand Slam accomplishments are two semi-final appearances at Wimbledon and a trip in the last four at the US Open, believes none of that matters in the GOAT argument.
Instead, the Frenchman believes that the eye test is a more essential factor in determining who is the best, comparing Federer’s approach to Lionel Messi’s.
“I perceive tennis differently, and I’ve always said that the quantity of Grand Slam titles doesn’t matter to me,” he remarked.
“For example, if one tennis player is 21 and the other is 22-23, I believe aesthetics and everything that emits on the pitch must be considered.
“I’ve heard a lot about this Grand Slam chase for the GOAT, but I think it’s a waste of time. Just look at his beauty and grace on the court to see why Roger Federer is the GOAT, the best tennis player of all time.
“I follow tennis for the aesthetics and beauty; even Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are among the best and most beautiful tennis players in the world.
“I don’t enjoy talking about professional Federer and professional Djokovic; I’m not like that, and I appreciate Nole as well. When you look at Roger, it’s similar to when you look at Messi and Neymar; they have excellent aesthetics and give off extraordinary sensations.”
Federer was victorious. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”