Mats Wilander believes Rafael Nadal has the possibility to cement his declare of being the best participant of all time after his Australian Open win.
Nadal has been locked in a three-way battle with rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic for the proper to be thought of the perfect male participant who ever lived.
He went into the Australian Open tied with Djokovic and Federer on 20 majors, however he has now cast forward in that race after beating Daniil Medvedev to win a twenty first.
It’s a metric many analysts take into account pivotal within the GOAT race, and in that sense it’s the first time Nadal has been out in entrance.
“He got here into the match with low expectations for him,” Wilander instructed Eurosport.
Nadal may have an opportunity to increase his lead within the Grand Slam race on the French Open in Might, a venue the place he all the time begins the clear favorite.
And, in keeping with Wilander, Nadal could also be getting into what might be a defining time period in his profession.
“Think about profitable 21 Slams and going to a spot the place you’ve got received 13 occasions, that is going to be the perfect three or 4 months of his profession developing now,” he mentioned.
“With the ability to apply, be wholesome, after which going into the clay court docket season.
“He’s by no means been within the lead in that Best Participant Of All Time. Federer has been within the lead the entire time.”
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