Boris Becker says Rafael Nadal is clearly the most successful player of all time after claiming his 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.
The debate over who is considered the GOAT (greatest player of all time) has rumbled on for years with fans of Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic all claiming their favourite deserves the crown.
The fact that the three men were tied for 20 major titles each just added to the debate, but Becker believes the question has now been answered.
Entering the Australian Open after a long-layout due to a foot injury and a recent bout of COVID, Nadal wasn’t tipped to win the first Grand Slam of the year and things looked less likely after he lost the first two sets to Daniil Medvedev in the final.
However, the Spaniard showed the resilience and fight he is known for, to come back to win 2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 to lift a record-breaking 21st major trophy.
“It was a day made for tennis history,” says former world number one Boris Becker.
“We didn’t have Nadal at the top of our list a fortnight ago. He was fit, won the
preparation tournament in Melbourne. Before that, Nadal was injured for half a year. Now we are wiser and Rafa has broken the record of Federer and Djokovic.”
In winning his second Australian Open, Nadal has also matched Novak Djokovic in winning each of the Grand Slam tournaments more than once, and Becker says this proves he is more than just a clay court master.
“You make a mistake if you still call Rafa the clay court king, ” says Becker.
“He has won on every surface and every Grand Slam tournament at least twice. He is the most successful player of all time, we can say that loud and clear.”
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