There is not and there will be no end to the debate over who is the greatest of all time (GOAT) in men’s tennis, at least not until one or the other between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic does not retire from the sport. Roger Federer was also part of the discussion until 2021 at Wimbledon, after which he took a long injury break. Nadal then edged the Swiss in Australia earlier this year and doubled the lead in Paris. But Djokovic brought racing back to life with another successful campaign at Wimbledon. As Nadal targets another Grand Slam trophy in New York at the 2022 US Open, his coach, Carlos Moya, has made a major revelation about the GOAT race discussion in Rafa’s camp following Djokovic’s Wimbledon triumph .
Victories in Melbourne and Roland Garros took Nadal’s tally to an all-time high of 22 in the men’s singles Grand Slam tally. Djokovic cut the gap to one again when he lifted his Wimbledon trophy for the third consecutive time.
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Game veterans and pundits have long given their thoughts on the endless GOAT debate. While some have changed sides with changing scenarios, others have hailed the Big Three for their sheer dominance in the sport over the past two decades. But few fans get a glimpse of how each side is watching this race.
Speaking to ATP ahead of Nadal’s latest draw at US Open 2022, Moya when asked about the GOAT debate following Djokovic’s SW19 win, revealed that such discussions are usually avoided in camouflage with the Spaniard already under pressure to maintain fitness.
“The team doesn’t talk about that. He wants to be good, competitive. Obviously there are comments, but no importance is given to them. There is enough pressure every day,” he said. declared.
Nadal will be aiming for his 23rd major in New York and his fifth US Open title this year as the Spaniard remains unbeaten in Grand Slams.
“Basically, playing with calm and peace of mind, more than looking for a specific tactic. The tennis is there, but in those moments of difficulty the court feels very small. Your arm stretches out and you make mistakes. It you have to be calm. Different things are needed depending on the situation. Right now it’s easy; be calm, forget what happened… and play,” Moya said of what he expects from Nadal at this stage of the tournament.