Will Rafael Nadal surpass Roger Federer as the greatest tennis player of all time? | The Tylt
Rafael Nadal missed out on a chance to add to his majors total at the Australian Open but still retained the second spot on the all-time list of most Grand Slam titles behind Roger Federer. Time is on Nadal’s side—he is only three titles behind Federer, who is four years older. However, Federer is still playing at a high level and could continue to increase his Grand Slam record. What do you think? 🎾
Will Rafael Nadal surpass Roger Federer as the greatest tennis player of all time?
Like the conclusion of "Game of Thrones," Rafael Nadal surpassing Roger Federer is only a matter of time. Nadal is four years younger than Federer, and with the Swiss swatter finally showing his age, the Spaniard will take over as the greatest tennis player ever.
Rafa has a .829 winning percentage, while Federer’s sits at .819 at the time of publishing. Nadal also has two Olympic Gold medals while Federer has one. The Swiss national has more total ATP titles and Grand Slams, but with Federer declining, Nadal’s move past Federer is inevitable.
One word: scoreboard. Nadal fans can hem and haw all they want about how Nadal is going to pass Federer up for the title of "greatest of all time," but it will never happen because the game has never seen greatness like Federer’s. The Swiss player has the only number that matters—a record 20 Grand Slam titles. He also has 99 ATP titles to Nadal’s 80 at the time of publishing.
He might not be winning Grand Slams at the clip he was before, but he is still a good threat to win one every time he steps on the court. He won his 20th Grand Slam in 2018 at the Australian Open. Nadal might have some years left, but he will never catch Federer.