There’s a new GOAT in town and his name is Rafael Nadal! While Federer made history by becoming the first man ever to win 20 Grand Slam titles, Nadal did one better. At the Australian Open final on the 30th January 2022, over 5 sets – 5 hours and 24 minutes, Nadal beat Medvedev to become the greatest of all time with an unbelievable 21 Grand Slam singles titles.
King of the clay, with 13 French Open titles under his belt, and twenty one grand slam titles in total, means the race between the big three is now hotter than ever.
With a 23-16 career advantage (mostly on clay) over rival Roger Federer, the fiery Spaniard has been a force to be reckoned with since the mid-noughties.
The dominance of the big 3 in tennis
Nadal is renowned among tennis fans for his relentless work ethic and unparalleled mental strength, both of which were on full display when he overcame Federer in the final of Wimbledon in 2008. A five-set thriller spread over 4 hours and 48 minutes would ultimately see Nadal reign supreme in one of the greatest games ever witnessed. They were to repeat this epic duel at the 2019 Wimbledon semi finals with Federer winning.
Nadal lost to Djokovic in the 2021 French open final, the 2022 French Open is the next major on the calendar, let’s see if more history and record books can be rewritten