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Fan-Favorite Roger Federer Faces a Brutal Snub as Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal Love Runs Deep in Soccer Star’s Heart

Published 09/26/2023, 8:42 AM EDT

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The G.O.A.T debate in tennis has been ongoing for ages. Anyone, be it the players, fans, or different sports personalities has their own diversified opinion on who among the tennis pros is a real great of the game. While this debate could rage on forever, one thing is for sure, the ‘Big 4’ had an impeccable impact on the sport. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray changed the way people looked at this game forever.

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Hinting at the same, the Manchester United goalkeeper, Tom Heaton recently created his dream team. However, there was a surprise to the list. Despite being regarded as one of the greatest of the game, Roger Federer could not make the cut. If the Swiss great could not make it, then who were the six best on the list of the United goalkeepers?

Manchester United goalkeeper snubs Roger Federer as he creates his 6-a-side team


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In a recent quiz conducted with Manchester United goalkeeper Tom Heaton, he was asked about his legendary 6-a-side tennis dream team. While many expected the inclusion of tennis legend Roger Federer, they had to suffer heartbreak as he could not make the cut.

Joining in at the goal will be John Isner due to his huge height. Heaton added Andy Murray due to the fact that he believes that the Englishman has a knack for soccer. Joining him was another Spanish great Rafael Nadal who would control the midfield.


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Up front, he named Cameron Norrie on the left wing, and Serbian legend Novak Djokovic on the right while adding his childhood favorite Marcos Baghdatis to take the role of a striker.

“John Isner in goal. Obviously got the height, I’ve been to see a couple of games. I think the famous win at Wimbledon in 2010. I saw a little bit of that game, so I’d put him in goal. Andy, I think can play so I’ll put Andy at the back. After that… the Spanish lads tell me that Rafael Nadal has a little bit of skill with the ball so I’d put him in midfield. Maybe Djokovic is on the left. Cam Norrie on the right and then up front, who shall we pick? I’ll go for Baghdatis,” said Heaton while confirming his dream 6-a-side team.

Thus, Roger Federer could not make the cut as the Swiss player could not fit in the playing style of the United goalkeeper. However, Novak Djokovic’s inclusion in the team would give him a huge sign of relief as the Serbian legend was earlier snubbed by Liverpool players in a normal quiz.

Novak Djokovic snubbed by Liverpool players as they name their G.O.A.T


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In a general quiz conducted by one of the Liverpool players Curtis Jones, he went ahead to ask everyone about the player that has inspired them the most. However, there was a certain twist to the game. The G.O.A.T. could not be a soccer player. As the names went on, what surprised many was the shocking exclusion of Serbian legend Novak Djokovic. 


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Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Serena Williams made the cut while Novak Djokovic had to stay back as he wasn’t included in the list. Thus, this example very well exemplifies that the G.O.A.T debate in tennis could rage on forever. With the impact that the players had don’t he game, there’s one thing for sure: You simply cannot hate them, just adore them for their immense contribution to the sport.

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Written by:

Akshat Gaur


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Akshat Gaur is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in 2021 and has been writing since then. With over two years of experience in the world of sports journalism, specifically tennis journalism, Akshat is someone who is immensely passionate about covering the ATP and the WTA Tour.
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Bhavani Singh