Leonardo Mayer Hails Roger Federer as the Greatest Player of All Time

Published 10/14/2021, 8:30 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


World No.1 Novak Djokovic brought the GOAT debate to a whole new level after winning the Wimbledon Championships 2021. He is now tied with his arch-rivals, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, in the Grand Slam tally and it will be intriguing to see who manages to end with more majors now.

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While Roger Federer recently turned 40, both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are still in their mid-thirties. Thus, both of them can play for at least 3-4 more years and have an advantage as compared to the Swiss Maestro.

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Leonardo Mayer calls Roger Federer the greatest player of all time

In an exclusive interview with ESPN, former World No.21 Leonardo Mayer opened up about the GOAT debate. After praising Djokovic and Nadal, he picked Roger Federer as the greatest player of all time in the history of the sport.

Mayer last played against Federer in the pre-quarters of the French Open 2019. The Swiss Maestro defeated him in straight sets there.

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“So great and very champions”- Leonardo Mayer on the Big Three

In the same interview, Mayer showed his respect towards each member of the Big Three and called all of them champions. He also threw light on their domination and highlighted that they are so great that they have not allowed anyone else to succeed at the Grand Slams in the last 15 years.

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerland wait to go on stage. The ATP Heritage Celebration at The Waldorf, Astoria on in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

“They are so great and very champions that for 15 years, they have not let another win,” said the Argentine player in the interview. (Translated via Google Translate)

Interestingly, in the last decade, the Big Three have won more than 90% of the Grand Slam titles. Fans rarely see this type of domination by three individuals in any other sport.

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While Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have already ended their 2021 season due to injuries, Novak Djokovic is expected to play only at the ATP Finals 2021 now. Will he be able to end the year as the World No.1 player?

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