“The Impact That Roger Had in Tennis…”: Former Doubles No.1 Picks Roger Federer as the ‘G.O.A.T.’

Published 08/26/2021, 12:49 AM EDT
Roger Federer of Switzerland shakes hands with Novak Djokovic of Serbia after Novak Djokovic winning his Men’s Singles final during Day thirteen of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)


The world prepares for entertainment galore as tennis action moves to the streets of New York. However, as some of the best in the sport gear up for battle, fans reminisce about the absence of a few greats. Notably, two-thirds of the ‘big 3’, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have withdrawn from the US Open 2021. Hence, with Novak Djokovic the only one remaining in the tournament, fans wonder what this means for the ‘G.O.A.T’ debate.

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The conversation over who the greatest player of all time is has dominated tennis talk for over a decade now. However, unlike fans, former doubles No. 1 Nicolas Mahut has made a clear pick.

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Legacy over stats

Picking a winner for himself, Nicolas was both unbiased and analytical. He praised the two legends, Novak and Roger, equally, using one’s records to back him and another’s sheers greatness to come to his aid. Notably, even as he admitted that the facts lie in Novak’s favor and he might be the best statically, he states nothing can surpass Roger and the influence he’s had in the game.

He said, “Based on the record, it is obvious that Djokovic would become one if he is not already. he has more weeks as world Number 1, he will have the most Grand Slams or will be at least tied. The face-off with Federer and Nadal, it is positive against both. If we just look at the numbers and statistics, obviously in terms of the charts, it is Djokovic who would be the biggest. Now, is that it?” 

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 1, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates winning his second round match against France’s Richard Gasquet REUTERS/Paul Childs

“I think that there is also an element of emotion, of subjectivity on this subject. When we talk about tennis, the greatest, there is emotion that comes into play and necessarily that the impact that a Roger has had on tennis will be more important than Novak’s,” he concluded, making his stand clear.

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It’s been tough for Roger Federer

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Not all might agree with Nicolas’ stand, but regardless, any true sports lover would share the hurt and disappointment over Roger’s recent outings. The 20-time Grand Slam champion is slowly seeing his career wind down, with retirement rumors dominating the conversation. His return from rehab at the 2021 Wimbledon Championship won hearts all around the globe. However, the manner of his exit turned twice as many heads.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer wipes his face during his quarter final match against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz REUTERS/Toby Melville

For the first time in his Wimbledon career, Roger Federer was bagled out of the tournament. Ever since, the Swiss maestro has not returned to the court. Hopeful fans had their prayers set for the US Open, but sadly, citing injury concerns yet again, Roger was accompanied by Rafael Nadal in announcing his withdrawal from the rest of the 2021 season.

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The past couple of seasons have given rise to speculations of a retirement. Is this it for Roger Federer? Will he increase his tally to 21 Grand Slams next season or is it time to hang his boots? Desperate, disgruntled, and disappointed fans wait to find out.

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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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