World No. 3 Rafael Nadal’s longtime coach and uncle Toni Nadal has always been known for his quoteworthy remarks and his recent comments regarding the longtime debate about the Greatest of All Time was no different.
During a recent radio interview, Toni explained why he considered Roger Federer’s accolades to be a sign that the Swiss star is better than his nephew.
“I do not know. The truth is that Federer’s game is not doing bad at all to Rafael. Anyway, one is the best by winning titles. Federer has won 17 Grand Slam titles, Rafael has won 14. He has been number one, I think five years, Rafael has been three. So there is no argument, he is the best,” said Toni Nadal.
Toni added to his surprising comments by saying that Nadal may not even be as good as world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.
“He’s a great player, for me is a player almost up to Federer. It’s great, do not know if it’s better or worse than Rafael. For titles, Rafael is better than him. What game do not know, but in the end, everyone who believes what he wants. It is perfectly right.”
While his comments may appear harsh, Nadal’s injury plagued career has always been under scrutiny for that very reason. It begs one to consider what the Spaniard may have accomplished had he not undergone various back and knee injuries during his peak years. When this is juxtaposed against Federer’s remarkable injury-free career-run, where he has competed in his 60th consecutive Grand Slam tournament, it becomes a believable concern.