Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has said that he believes Swiss Roger Federer is the greatest tennis player of all time.
Federer, 39, is tied with Rafael Nadal on the all-time list with most Grand Slams captured as both have 20 Majors in their collection.
Novak Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, has 27 Grand Slams in his collection.
“In my opinion, I believe Roger is the greatest of all time. With his skill set, the way he plays the game, I think it’s pure. I actually think talent-wise Nadal and Djokovic aren’t even close to Roger,” Kyrgios said, per the ATP website. “Talent-wise, just purely based on talent the way Federer plays, his hands, his serving, his volleys, untouchable.”
Kyrgios appreciates the greatness of the Big Three
“All great in their own way, obviously. I don’t think we have ever seen someone maybe so dominant in their period of time as Novak, like he went on that 60-match winning streak or something really crazy,” Kyrgios said. “Me personally, I played them all. I actually think Andy for me was tougher than Novak to play. I mean, I have only played Novak twice. I have played Andy six times and I’m 1-5. Nadal, I actually think, I match up quite well against Nadal. I can serve big and play kind of the right style of tennis to be successful against him.”
Nadal’s all-time record of 13 titles captured at the French Open is one of the greatest things in sports.
“Rafa, you will never see someone so dominant on one surface ever. I don’t think we will ever see that amazing accomplishment on clay, the best clay courter of all time,” Kyrgios said. “It’s funny, because I think Roger is the greatest of all time but not the greatest of the era because his head-to-head against Rafa is not great. But it’s a tough one.”
Six-time ATP champion Kyrgios speaks on the GOAT debate.