‘Rafael Nadal likely to win Grand Slam race, but Novak Djokovic more open to players,’ says ATP star

Karen Khachanov has tipped Rafael Nadal to win the Grand Slam race, although he believes Novak Djokovic is friendlier on tour.

Since Nadal beat Djokovic in the final of the French Open last week, the tennis world has been consumed with questions over the affect the result will have on the race to be considered the greatest player of all time.

Nadal has now joined Roger Federer with a record 20 Grand Slam titles with Novak Djokovic three behind on 17.

“I would say that Rafael Nadal,” said Khachanov when asked who his thinks will win the most Grand Slams.

“It’s my personal opinion. Although Novak Djokovic is younger, many are betting on him, but I think that Rafael Nadal.”

However, while Khachanov has nailed his colours to the Nadal mast regarding Grand Slam titles, he does believe Novak Djokovic is superior to both the Spaniard and Federer when it comes to the warmth shown to other players.

“Federer and Nadal also communicate with me and other tennis players, but perhaps they will not stand and talk with you for very long.

“So yes – Novak in this regard, is a little more open.”

Stan Wawrinka, meanwhile, has also been asked by reporters for his GOAT, but he says it is simply too early to tell and we should all just focus on enjoying their tennis instead.

“I think it’s always difficult to compare [the Big Three], especially those amazing athletes, especially when they’re still playing, so we don’t know [who the best is].

“I think we will have to wait and see. I think we have to more deeply enjoy that they’re still playing, they’re still doing something amazing for our sport in General, and that’s something that I like to watch.

“I like to watch them play and as long as they will play, I will enjoy that.”

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