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Is Rafael Nadal the best tennis player of all time?

  • The fight counts. Most has been said below so I will take this to what is important - competitiveness.

    No doubt Roger is also a fierce competitor but the world has never seen anything like Nadal. He is wired to compete and fight and that makes him exciting to watch. Roger has been gifted with longevity on top of many assets but it is the will to win that gives sport its edge so this must be taken into account. Stats surprisingly add up to both Novak and Rafa having achieved more than Roger when length of time played or number of matches is taken into account. Both have surpassed Roger in Masters 1000s is a very evident stat. Less evident is that they have won more slams in a shorter period therefore winning at the same rate they would have more. Agassi believed Rafa/Novak era is tougher so put in Roger's era they would have swept the slams up. Roger is the media darling and will keep being promoted as the goat. But, as I see it, as a Brit with no bias, I give it to Rafa followed by Novak.

  • The fight counts. Most has been said below so I will take this to what is important - competitiveness.

    No doubt Roger is also a fierce competitor but the world has never seen anything like Nadal. He is wired to compete and fight and that makes him exciting to watch. Roger has been gifted with longevity on top of many assets but it is the will to win that gives sport its edge so this must be taken into account. Stats surprisingly add up to both Novak and Rafa having achieved more than Roger when length of time played or number of matches is taken into account. Both have surpassed Roger in Masters 1000s is a very evident stat. Less evident is that they have won more slams in a shorter period therefore winning at the same rate they would have more. Agassi believed Rafa/Novak era is tougher so put in Roger's era they would have swept the slams up. Roger is the media darling and will keep being promoted as the goat. But, as I see it, as a Brit with no bias, I give it to Rafa followed by Novak.

  • Rafa Nadal is the heart of Tennis

    Rafa made a great carrer 71 titles overell ,51 Clay titles , 14 Grand Slam , 28 masters ,he complated the full Grand Slam titles in 23 year , 4 Davis cup , Gold Olympic in single at Beijing 2008 and in Double at Rio 2016 ,he is the best

  • Nadal greatest ever

    Head to Head with Federer 23-13 the difference so large, dethroned Federer as world no 1, won at leat 2 grand slams on 3 surfaces, completed the full slam before Federer, 4 Davis Cup, Olympic gold, 28 Masters titles, I grand slam for 10 consecutive years, King of clay, Highest win percentage and the greatest tennis competitor of all time with close to 2 years out of the game with injury. Phenomenal record and I believe he still has a good 2 years to go.

  • Indeed he is one of the greatest.

    Rafa had to face two tennis generations while fed had to face two too, but one was a bit weaker comprising of Roddick as the best one, who fed owned). Rafa had first fed, then Djoko n Murray bur still he went to win so much. I'd rather say, he is the greatest, if not the second best after Djoko.

  • Best competitor world has ever seen and will ever see after he retires

    Without him tennis would not be as lively as it is. He always rise after everyone writes him off. He came back in 2009 after losing FO and than came back with a bang in 2013 winning 7 Clay court Titles out of 9 including FO and than US OPEN after 8 months long injury. And now he came back in 2016 when everyone had again write him off for 3rd time and he proved everybody wrong by winning back-to-back Titles of Monte Carlo and Barcelona Open. He is GOAT NUFF said

  • He is the best

    All court player. Winner of grand slams in different courts. Highest masters. Atleast 1 grand slam and 1 masters for 10 continuous years. Now when everyone said he is out, he won his 9th masters @ Monte Carlo. It speaks in itself. And he has more fans than Novak who people think is getting nearer Nadal's supremacy in tennis. But he is yet to win a single grand slam in clay. And even if he wins, Nadal has multiple slams on all surfaces. Nadal is the best. Novak, Roger are better and so were Agassi and Sampras. But when it comes to being the best, it is the one and only Nadal.

  • Rafael nadal is the best

    For me Rafael nadal is the best ever , i firmly believe if Rafa wasn't there federer would have won a lot more grand slams , but it was rafa who was always in his way , if rafa wasn't injured that much i also believe that he has surpassed federer already in grand slams ....But people , don't forget NOVAK , he is in my opinion also a better player than federer and rafa's greatest competitor , but wether rafa , federer or novak are the GOAT , thanks to them tennis is lifted to a unreal level and putted the bar very high for the upcomers so i expect a lot in the future of tennis thanks to these great players

  • Rafael nadal is for me the greatest .

    In my opinion rafa is the best ever , he already won the golden slam at a young age , his records speak for itself , but i think novak djokovic is his greatest competitor and also has a good shot in being the greatest .The time will tell. If you look at his opponents in grand slam finals you will see it's always against one of the greatest tennis players of all time he have defeated and except for 2015 rafa has won since 2005 he won at least one grand slam.And i don't look only at grand slam results , because in my opinion he is the best problem solver in the game and this opinion is shared by many one of greatest tennis players of all time. And offcourse these are opinions and i have big respect for every pro because people forget how much training and discipline is involved to be a pro and i think tennis is one of the most difficult sports to end up even in the top 20.

  • Rafael Nadal GOAT

    Rafael Nadal is the Greatest Tennis Player of all time because he has dominated Roger Federer throughout his entire career. Nadal might have less grand slams, however, the competition Federer had throughout his career does not even compare to the competition Nadal has had throughout his career. Nadal has a better record against the Big Four, which goes to say how clutch Nadal can be. Nadal is a man who never gives up, no matter how important the point is. Rafa is without question the greatest player to ever play tennis because he has done through countless adversities and never gives up.

  • Conservative weeks as no 1

    OK, Nadal has dominated his peers but it has been for a short period of time as compared to what federer has done. Federer has 237 conservative weeks as no 1. Ladies and gentlemen, this is unreal. Nadal has cumulatively been no 1 for over just a 100 weeks so how can one claim Nadal as the best? No way. Nadal is great but federer is legendary

  • Nadal is king of weak clay court era.

    In weak clay court era, Fed was getting into finals to face Rafa. Rafa was at his best on clay court tournaments. Fed was facing him with consistency. Because Fed was second best player on clay.
    But Rafa was not consistent enough to face Fed on Grass or Hard courts when Fed was at his prime. Rafa was losing in early rounds in many Grass or Hard court tournaments. At the age of 33 Fed is still no.2 in the world. At the age of 29 Nadal is getting beaten by many ordinary players in this weak era! Yes its weak era because there is no competition to Djokovic. The way Fed was distinctly ahead during 2004 to 2008, now Djokovic is distinctly ahead of others.


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