Rafael Nadal’s victory in the French Open is still in the news even after almost a week and a half due to various reasons. Additionally, one of the major reasons for this is the GOAT debate in tennis.
Mats Wilander, a former tennis player, believes that Nadal’s victory has sent a strong message to Federer and Djokovic in this debate. Besides, this was Nadal’s 13 title at the Roland Garros. Additionally, out of a total of 20 Grand Slams, 13 are won at the red dirt. Hence, this may suggest that the Spaniard is a specialist on one surface.
However, since the French Open was not played at its usual time, this year was different. French Open, which generally takes place during the summer months of May-June, was held in late September due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Many believed that the conditions are against Nadal. However, Nadal, with his victory, proved everyone wrong. Even the players, including Djokovic, believed that Nadal might not perform at his level best in these challenging conditions. Several sports analysts also did not expect the final to be this one-sided. However, with his play, Nadal proved everyone wrong.
Nadal Has Sent A Strong Message- Wilander
Despite all this, Nadal stormed into the finals. And by defeating Djokovic, in what was a very one-sided final, Nadal proved why he is one of the best.
In conversation with L’Equipe, Wilander said, “When talking about GOAT (best ever), some people tend to belittle Nadal’s achievements due to the fact that he won so many tournaments on clay. Even so, the fact that he won this year’s tournament (Roland Garros) under different conditions than usual sent a strong message to skeptics.”
Sweden star Wilander explained, “It was as if he said: ‘They already realized that I don’t need a rebound so high or that it is 30 degrees. I just need a tennis court to be able to win a Grand Slam.”