‘Roger Will Leave a Bigger Dent Than Djokovic’ – Former ATP Star Tomas Berdych Says Roger Federer Is the Biggest Icon in Tennis

Published 10/02/2022, 6:50 AM EDT

Roger Federer’s retirement came out as the biggest shock of the year. Immediately after his decision, a big question was raised; who is the GOAT in men’s tennis? Roger Federer, who made history by achieving 20 Grand Slam titles, or Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic, who have surpassed him this year. 

Tomas Berdych, who has played against the big three, opened about‌ his former rival Roger Federer and talked about how the 20 time Grand Slam champion compares against the other Big three members in the GOAT debate.


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Tomas Berdych talks about the GOAT debate, hails Roger Federer

Both the Swiss Maestro and the former Czech tennis player have hung up their rackets. The former world number one retired last week in the Laver Cup, while the 2010 Wimbledon finalist retired in 2019. Notably, Berdych is considered one of the best tennis players to have not won a single Grand Slam title in his career.

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA – NOVEMBER 20: Roger Federer of Switzerland smiles with fans during an exhibition game between Alexander Zverev and Roger Federer at Arena Parque Roca on November 20, 2019 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)

In a recent conversation, Berdych discussed the GOAT debate and addressed that numbers can serve as a measure of greatness. However, players like Roger Federer have a significant impact on the sports that cannot be shadowed by any statistics.


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He said, “Those who want to compare the greatest aces by numbers would find arguments for different players. The number of grand slam titles may be the most objective measure, but there are athletes who leave a huge mark behind them. I think Roger will leave a bigger dent than Djokovic. I think he’s a bigger icon than Nadal. Maybe because he started this great era. What he’s done for tennis can’t be outweighed by any results.”

He added that while Djokovic and Nadal may have impressive statistics, the Swiss Maestro has cemented his position in the sport’s history.


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In the same conversation, he continued saying that a lot of fans watch and play tennis because of the 20 Grand Slam champion’s game. Nevertheless, he also agreed that different people find something special about the other tennis giants of the generation.


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Pratishtha Prakash

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Pratishtha Prakash is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media and Journalism from MIT ADT University, Pune. In the past, she has interned at the sports desk of The Hitavada, a regional English daily newspaper.

Edited By: Tony Thomas