Former Canadian Tennis Player Picks Roger Federer as Ultimate ‘G.O.A.T’ over Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

Published 08/09/2021, 1:21 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates winning his third round match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie Pool via REUTERS/Jed Leicester


The ultimate ‘G.O.A.T’ conversation has been the highlight of tennis ever since the ‘Big 3’ set foot on the court. For years now, fans have defended the legacy of their favorites, used unheard records, and unbelievable feats to claim the prestigious title. Notably, former tennis player Helene Pelletier has picked Roger Federer as her ‘G.O.A.T’ over Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

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While the Canadian national, who is currently a journalist, expressed her gratitude for the two players from the trio, hailing one’s character and another one’s uniqueness, she saved her admiration for the 40-year-old legend, even as a retirement lingers over him.

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“It will always be Roger Federer” – Helene Pelletier

The Canadian is in fact famous for her love for Nadal, so fans were thoroughly surprised when she picked the Swiss maestro. However, justifying herself with the perfect answer, she reminded the world of Federer‘s sheer beauty.

She said, “I think for me it will always be Roger Federer because it makes tennis easy. It is graceful. So he takes us somewhere else when we look at him and play well. And we’ve seen him play well much more often than badly play! I would say that 95% of his games, it’s a real pleasure to see him because he makes us dream.”

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer acknowledges the spectators as he walks off the court after losing his quarter final match against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz Pool via REUTERS/Ben Solomon

Despite making her stance clear, she also took a moment to appreciate a certain Spanish legend.

She said, “I love Nadal because he’s a good person. He is humble, he is kind. When we did the interviews in Montreal before the tournament, he would give the hand to all the technicians before leaving. There’s not another one who came close to doing that.”

MONTREAL, QC – AUGUST 11: Rafael Nadal (ESP) salutes the crowd after his win of the ATP Coupe Rogers final match on August 11, 2019 at IGA Stadium in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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Not a Novak Djokovic fan

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Regardless of her pick, Pelletier had only kind words of appreciation for all three. However, her comments on Novak Djokovic might have represented a rather mixed bag of emotions.

She said, “He’s fascinating in his own way. But there are too many things he does that bother me deeply. So, he’ll have 32 Grand Slam wins, he won’t be my greatest player of all time.” 

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 11: Novak Djokovic of Serbia breaks his racquet during his semi-final singles match against Daniil Medvedev of Russia on day nine of the 2020 ATP Cup at Ken Rosewall Arena on January 11, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Unlike Helene, fans are yet to decide on who is the greatest of all time after all. As tennis action continues in galore and the athletes march on towards the US Open, they’ll be hoping to finally end this debate.

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Melroy Fernandes

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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