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'I want Rafael Nadal to be the best, but Novak Djokovic looks strong,' says WTA star

Garbine Muguruza's refreshing take on the GOAT race: "I want Nadal to be the best, but Djokovic looks very strong, and maybe physically fresher."
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon

Garbine Muguruza has an interesting view on the GOAT race by saying she hopes Rafael Nadal wins it, but she fears Novak Djokovic will.

Both Nadal and Djokovic have now passed Roger Federer's Grand Slam count of 20, with the Spaniard leading the way with 22.

Nadal is having a sensational year, winning two of the three majors and getting to the semi-finals of the other before being forced to withdraw.

However, he has been more plagued by injury than ever before, and many believe Djokovic's sheer durability may now become the deciding factor in the GOAT race.

"I want Nadal to be the best, but Djokovic looks very strong, maybe physically fresher," Murguruza told Marca.

"Among the men, there are three aliens, and the others are very good, but there is a big difference."

In the interview, Garbine Muguruza says Rafael Nadal has personally reached out to her before to encourage her to remain strong through her struggles.

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That desire to fight through difficult times is something that Nadal has become a little too familiar with over the years, with injury being unkind to him throughout his astonishing career.

He is having to do that again at the moment with him recovering from a foot problem only to suffer an abdomen tear at Wimbledon, and Muguruza says she often suffers with her compatriot.

"It hurts [to watch Nadal play]," she said. "He is suffering but he has the ability to endure pain and takes it to the extreme and on top of that, he wins."

Muguruza has had a tough year, and recently opened up to fans about some mental struggles she has endured through what she described as 'losing' her tennis.

She has issued an update on how she is currently feeling, though, and she appears more than ready to go again.

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