A debate that has raged on for well over a decade now is the one about who is the greatest tennis player of all time, Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal? A pretty big name in the sport recently let her opinion known, and her vote goes to the Swiss maestro. Serena Williams said that Roger Federer is the greatest men’s player of all time. Nadal recently beat world number 1 Novak Djokovic to win his 10th Italian Open. The Spaniard was the favorite in a lot of people’s books coming into the match for the simple reason that it was played on a clay court.
Both Federer and Nadal are currently tied at 20 Grand Slam titles. Nadal won his 13th French Open, a magnificent record in itself, in October last year to equal Federer’s 20 Grand Slam titles. Novak Djokovic is second with 18 Grand Slams. The Swiss will be playing only his second tournament after joining the tour in March after he was sidelined for over a year due to two knee surgeries. However, Williams, who has won 23 Grand Slam titles herself, is of the belief that the Swiss edges the Spaniard in the greatest of all time debate.
“I think two words sum it up, Roger Federer,” she said at the Emilia-Romagna Open in Parma, Italy on Monday. “He’s just a synopsis of greatness and class and amazing and really changed the game. You see players playing like him, moving like him, doing his techniques. The guy is (a) genius,” she added.
The 39-year-old has won 23 Grand Slam titles in her career so far. Her last major honor was at the 2017 Australian Open, after which she became a mother. She is chasing a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title, currently held by Margaret Court.
Serena had earlier admitted to being a Federer ‘superfan’. “I just feel like he really is the greatest player,” she said. “You can’t not like this guy, that’s how I feel. His game is so fantastic. If I could only play like him,” she concluded.
The Swiss will kick-off his campaign later on Tuesday against Spaniard Pablo Andujar in Geneva.