In each sport, there are many great players. Sports need great players to attract viewers. Football has players like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Basketball has Lebron James and Stephen Curry. American Football has Tom Brady. But the one thing that really elevates a sport is when the greatest ever is playing. Football has never had better viewership than when Lionel Messi plays. NBA basketball was at its peak when Michael Jordan was dominating. People want to see the best.
Tennis, like all other, sports has had many great players. Unlike most other sports, Tennis is not a team game. All the spotlight is on the player. No one else can have an effect on winning. There have been many great players in Tennis also. Bjorn Borg, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Rod Laver and the list goes on. But the debate on the greatest ever player ever comes down to two players. These two players are Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
Roger Federer Career
Roger Federer has won the most Grand Slams in tennis history. With 20 titles to his name, many consider him to be the best Tennis player ever. He was the most titles at Wimbledon, with 8 championships to his name. Wimbledon is arguably the most iconic tennis surface there is. He also won 5 consecutive US Opens, a record that is likely to stand through time. He is also one of the few players in history to have won all four grand slams.
Federer’s cultural legacy is immense. He is a living legend, and many consider him to just generally be one of the all-time greatest sportsmen all around.
Rafael Nadal Career
Rafael Nadal, the Spanish legend, is the only player who can claim to rival Federer in terms of records. Nadal has 19 Grand Slam titles to his name. This is good for second-most all time. Moreover, he is the undisputed King of clay courts. Many accept that playing Tennis on Clay is the most difficult skill to master. Nadal, however, has an extraordinary record at Clay courts.
The French Open, which is the only grand slam played on clay courts, is Nadal’s favourite. He has won a record 12 titles there. This is not only the most at the French Open by any player, but it is also the most by any player in any Grand Slam. He holds the record of 81 games unbeaten on Clay Courts. He has also won a title at every grand slam.
Who Is Greater?
Federer has more overall titles, but he is 38. Nadal is only one title short, but he is 33 at this point. Despite his injury problems, it is highly likely that Nadal will end his career as the player with the most number of Grand Slams titles. He also has a better head-to-head record against Federer. Moreover, many accept that Nadal won most of his titles in a more competitive era. Thus, Nadal slightly edges Federer as the greatest ever.