Richard Gasquet: ‘Novak Djokovic is definitely the best, but Roger Federer is the greatest’

Novak Djokovic is ‘definitely best’ player of all time, but Roger Federer is ‘irreplaceable’ as the Greatest, says Richard Gasquet.

Djokovic is now level with Federer and Nadal on 20 career majors after he won Wimbledon last week – his third Grand Slam title of the year so far.

He will surpass them both is he can win the upcoming US Open, and also become the only one of the three to win a calendar slam.

Djokovic also holds more individual records than his two rivals, and many believe he is now the undisputed greatest of all time.

Gasquet, however, sees things slightly differently, insisting the best and greatest are different things.

“I’ve always said that for me it’s not just the number of Grand Slam titles that matters,” Gasquet said.

“One at 21, the other at 22 or 23. I don’t just see the Grand Slam winner, I look at the aesthetics, what you give off on the court.

“I often hear the race to the highest, it is a pointless subject. For me, Roger Federer is irreplaceable, he’s the greatest player of all time when I see the aesthetics, the grace he has on the court.

“I watch tennis for that (the beauty), although Novak Djokovic is definitely the best and an amazing player.

“Winning three Grand Slams in a row is incredible. I’m not into the pro-Federer or pro-Djokovic thing.

“There are some who like Federer and don’t like Djokovic at all, that’s not my case at all; I like Djokovic a lot.

“It’s just that when I watch Federer, I’ve been in awe from start to finish forever. In sports, I watch Messi, Neymar, I see the aesthetics and the extraordinary sensations they provide.”

“Djokovic, Nadal and Federer are the three best players in history, without a doubt.

“Afterwards, it’s always complicated to compare the generations. They have 20 Grand Slams each and physically have never fallen for twenty years, it is stupendous.”

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