What do you think? This great article from Michael Steinberger in the New York Times sums up the thoughts I’ve had for some years now. As the almost inevitable, but to Federer fans, almost unspeakable, seems ever closer to becoming reality, do Federer fans have to re-evaluate their feelings, highest regard and #1 standing they hold for him in tennis history as the Greatest Of All Time (G.O.A.T) ?
I speak of course of the fact Rafael Nadal on 19 Grand Slams currently may level with Roger Federer on 20 Grand Slams if he wins the Australian Open 2020 which kicked off yesterday. If he achieves that goal can you really see a seriously fired up Nadal being stopped from going on to win his 13th French Open title this Summer, 21 in total and being #1, the new G.O.A.T in the history of winning men’s Grand Slams?
What surprised but really impressed me a lot from the piece was the fact that Federer also seems to have been having the same thoughts and is fully expecting his amazing haul to be superseded not just by Rafael Nadal, but by Novak Djokovic as well and perhaps by some distance too.
Surprisingly he seem at peace with that and realises that the previously unthinkable may well come to pass this year or next unless he starts adding to his Grand Slam haul. That he can observe this with such equanimity is such a measure of the great man’s coolness, maturity, level headedness and the mindset that’s seen him achieve so much both inside and outside of the game and become the superb global sporting ambassador that he is.
What are your thoughts?