‘Rafael Nadal has the best chance to win tennis GOAT race now,’ says Mats Wilander

Mats Wilander believes Rafael Nadal has put himself in prime position to win the GOAT race after winning another Roland Garros crown.

Nadal beat Novak Djokovic 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 in the French Open final to draw level with Roger Federer at the top of the career Grand Slam charts with 20.

The defeat leaves Djokovic three behind his rivals with 17, and Wilander says the race appears to Nadal’s to lose now.

“I think today tells us that Rafael Nadal most probably has the best chance to go down as the greatest male tennis player of all-time,” Eurosport expert Wilander said.

“We have our doubts about Roger Federer of course, he can still win another one because he’s a genius.

“With Novak Djokovic being three behind now, he still has a good chance.

“With Rafa winning here now, it is probably giving him a couple of years to keep on going.”

Djokovic has publicly said that beating his rivals’ records are a primary motivation for him, and Wilander believes he will be hurting after this defeat.

“Of course, it will hurt his confidence not having won at the US Open and then this defeat.

“But now he goes into training for the Australian Open where he becomes clear favourite – and he knows if he wins three Majors next year, which we predict every year will do, then he is up at 20 as well.

“Novak’s body and his game is more modern and I think he can stay longer.

“The question is emotionally whether he is as emotionally involved as he has been over the last two years. That’s the question I’d love to have answered in Australia.”

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