Toni Nadal, uncle and coach of Rafael Nadal, has claimed that it was better for the Spanish player that Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final because it brought the three players closer together at the top of the all-time Grand Slam leader board.
Federer is currently leading with 20 grand slams to his name, followed by Nadal with 18 and Novak with 16.
“It would be in Rafael’s best interests if Djokovic won because now the three (players) are closer together at the top,” he told the Spanish media.
Djokovic edged Federer 7-6(7-5) 1-6,7-6(7-4),4-6,13-12(7-3) in a final that lasted for almost 5 hours. Many believe that this match was even better than the 2008 final between Rafa and Federer.
“It was a very good and lively match for the fans,” Toni Nadal said.
“It had all the ingredients that it could’ve had, with Federer’s two match-points, the length [of the match] although the data shows that the 2008 final was better.”
Toni, however, has suggested Novak as the favourite for the US Open.
“Today, I see Djokovic as the favourite for the US Open because he’s won Wimbledon and the Australian Open [this year], but the three are very close,” Toni Nadal added.
“I said that [Rafa] Nadal would come close at Wimbledon because he won in Rome and Roland Garros, and was in a great place mentally.
“He didn’t play his best tennis in the semi-finals, he wasn’t like he was on other days.”
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The 38-year-old Federer won his first grand slam title back in 2003 when Novak had just entered the professional circuit. Federer defeated Australian Mark Philippoussis in straight sets in the final of 2003 Wimbledon.
Since then, he’s won 19 more Grand Slam titles which include 7 Wimbledon titles, 6 Australian Open titles, 5 US Open titles and a French Open title in 2009.
Nadal, at 18 years and six months, by beating World No. 2, Andy Roddick became the youngest player to register a singles victory in a Davis Cup final for a winning nation.
Rafa,33, won his first Grand Slam title in 2005 after he came from a set down to beat Argentine Mariano Puerta in the final of French Open.
The King of Clay then went to bag 17 more Grand Slam title. He then broke Bjorn Borg’s record of the 9 titles at Roland Garros in 2014. Rafa currently has 12 French Open titles, 3 US Open Titles, 2 Wimbledon titles and an Australian Open title.
In 2010, Rafa won all four Grand Slam titles.
Novak, 32, won his first Grand Slam title in 2008 by beating Jo-Wilfred Tsonga in the final of Australian Open. He has now won more Australian Open titles (7) than Roger Federer (6) and more Wimbledon titles (5) than Rafa (2). Moreover, he has 3 US Open titles and a French Open title to his name.
Novak has been regarded by many Legends as the better among the trio.