‘The numbers say yes’: Rafael Nadal names Novak Djokovic as the ‘best player in history’

Rafael Nadal praised longtime rival Novak Djokovic on Wednesday as the best player in tennis history.

In a conversation with El Objective de La Sexta, when asked who he feels is the best player to ever play the game, Nadal spoke openly, acknowledging that Djokovic reigns supreme, particularly in terms of numbers. “The numbers say yes, for me yes (he is the best in history),” he said.

At the French Open in 2023, Djokovic did in fact surpass Rafael Nadal’s legendary record of 22 titles, and he now has 24  titles for himself.

He was denied his famous 25th victory at the Australian Open, due to trailblazing Italian Jannik Sinner, who defeated the Serbian in the semi-finals and went on to win his first Grand Slam.

Despite Novak’s success, he still fails to translate his on-court exploits and popularity off the court, which Nadal says is unfair to the Serbian.

Nadal said, “The image he projects is worse than he really is; I think he’s a good person.” He added, “There are moments of frustration. Novak breaks his racquet, but the next point he is ready to play at 100% again and it is the best I have ever seen.”

In truth, Djokovic’s outbursts on the court aren’t the only thing harming his reputation. The Serbian ruffled some feathers with his vague stance on the COVID-19 vaccination.

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