“Doesn’t Interest Me”: Rafael Nadal’s Coach Admits the G.O.A.T Debate Bores Him a Bit

Published 06/01/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
2018 French Open Tennis Tournament – Rafael Nadal of Spain with coach Carlos Moya training on Court Suzanne Lenglen in preparation for the 2018 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)


Fans and experts usually analyze many parameters before presenting their opinion about the greatest of all time in tennis. It is usually one of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, or Novak Djokovic. However, the comparison is really tough as all the three players give neck-to-neck competition to one another on every surface.

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In a recent interview, Rafael Nadal’s coach, Carlos Moya, revealed his parameter of analyzing the greatest player of all time. Asked if the player with the more Grand Slam titles wins the race for him, he stated that he can only answer such a question when the ‘Big Three’ end their careers.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – September 14, 2020. Spain’s Rafael Nadal with coach Carlos Moya during a practice session Pool via REUTERS/Clive Brunskill

“It’s a set of things, but this debate doesn’t interest me much right now. You have to wait for the three involved to finish their careers, and then it can be analyzed,” said Moya in the interview. (Translated via Google Translate)

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Rafael Nadal and Carlos Moya do not discuss G.O.A.T rankings

Even though Moya admitted that the one with the more majors will surely be ahead of the other, he also said that this topic is a bit boring for him and Nadal both.

Rafael Nadal of Spain practices with coaches, Carlos Moya and Francisco Roig, at Arthur Ashe Stadium. The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 25, 2019, in New York City. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

“It is clear that being larger than the other is an important thing, but this topic bores us a bit. We are the ones who speak the least about it,” added the 44-year-old coach.

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While Nadal is currently tied with Roger Federer at 20 Grand Slams, Novak Djokovic has 18 majors to his name right now. However, Nadal and Djokovic have more time as they have 3-4 years more on the tour- a thing that Federer lacks at the moment as he is about to be 40 soon.

Rafael Nadal is currently playing at the French Open 2021 and will begin his campaign there against Alexei Popyrin today. Will Rafa be able to defend his French Open title yet again this year?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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