Sascha Bajin Claims Grand Slam Cannot Define G.O.A.T Between Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

Published 02/28/2021, 8:30 AM EST
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)


It’s been close to two decades that men’s tennis has been dominated by Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic. The Swiss superstar won 20 Grand Slam titles to date, and after all these years of chasing Federer, Nadal is currently tied with him at 20 Majors. Meanwhile, Djokovic recently won his 18th Grand Slam title. 

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The hype around the G.O.A.T debate (greatest of all time) gets heated every time any of these three players win a Major, especially as these three great representers of the sport have entered the twilight of their careers. Federer will be turning 40 during the course of this season. 

Roger Federer of Switzerland poses with the championship trophy after Australian Open 2017 men’s final match against Rafael Nadal of Spain at Rod Laver Arena, in Melbourne, Australia 29 January 2017. (Photo by Recep Sakar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Sascha Bajin: “Appreciate the fact that the Big 3 can play for a long time to come”

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Recently, German tennis coach, Sascha Bajin, voiced his opinion on this issue and stated, “It is not because you have the most Grand Slam titles that you are automatically the best tennis player. So many other factors must be brought together and it is moreover difficult to define them. We should just appreciate the fact that the Big 3 can play for a long time to come, and especially hope that in the future they can meet on the court.”

(Quotes have been translated with Google Translate)

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The 36-year-old coach feels that it is not because a player has won more titles that sets him up to be considered the best player ever. There are various factors that need to be kept in mind along with that. Bajin went on to state that for the moment, the Big 3’s existence in the game itself should be cherished as it’s a matter of time before they hang their boots. 

Rafael Nadal of Spain hugs the Musketeers’ Cup as he celebrates victory following the mens singles final against Dominic Thiem of Austria during day fifteen of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on June 10, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Djokovic won the Australian Open 2021 while Nadal pulled out of the Rotterdam Cup due to his back issues. Now, Roger will be seen in action after more than a year at the Doha Open, beginning in March. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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