Chris Evert Chimes In on the GOAT Debate Between Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

Published 04/09/2021, 10:41 PM EDT
Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerlan wait to go on stage during the ATP Heritage Celebration at The Waldorf=Astoria on in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


The triumvirate of tennis has distinguished itself from the rest of the tennis world for the last two decades. But the separation further prolongs between Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic. Thus, to discontinue the debate over the ultimate G.O.A.T, tennis legend Chris Evert has issued a message for all tennis fans.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 08: (L-R) Dominic Thiem of Austria, Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Matteo Berrettini of Italy, Roger Federer of Switzerland, Rafael Nadal of Spain, Alexander Zverev of Germany, Daniil Medvedev of Russia and Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece pose for a photo outside The O2 Arena during previews for the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 Arena on November 08, 2019, in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

It started with Craig O’Shannessy, a tennis analyst, who insisted that “3 G.O.A.T.S. are better than 1”. Although it is a point made by many in the past, he helped his case by asking an intriguing question.

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He elaborated, “Federer, Nadal & Djokovic have elevated our sport & each other to rarefied levels over the past two decades. Are we doing their stellar careers a disservice by trying to pick one from the pack to anoint as superior?”

The 18-time Grand Slam champion and a tennis Hall of Famer, Chris Evert, immediately expressed her approval. She has been an active voice on the greatest-of-all-time tennis player debate for quite some time.

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Federer, Nadal and Djokovic unquestionably reign an era of tennis excellency. Also, it is only from far away that any player can match their contribution to the sport. However, weighing the three among each other has become a strenuous job with no plausible result.

Chris Evert, a great ambassador of tennis herself, decided to end the debate once and for all. She responded, “Great point! All three are the G.O.A.T.S. Let’s celebrate them, not compare them!”

There could be hardly any denial against calling the big three as the greatest-of-all-time tennis players. Moreover, there is still much more tennis to come from their rackets.

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2018 French Open Tennis Tournament – Rafael Nadal of Spain and Novak Djokovic of Serbia while playing a tie break doubles exhibition match against Simone Halep of Romania and Alexander Zverev of Germany on Court Philippe Chatrier during a packed Children’s Day at Roland Garros before the start of the 2018 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on May 26th 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Roger Federer, who returned to tennis after a 13 month break, would miss the mentioned event. However, the Swiss maestro has decided to join the clan at the Mutua Madrid Open 2021, scheduled at the end of April.

Conclusively, Madrid Open would be the first tournament after the Australian Open 2020, where the big three would play together. Therefore, it would be the event to look forward to the most.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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