Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli believes that Rafael Nadal's 20th Grand Slam win will push rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic to win more Slams. The three legends are all currently jostling for the record of most Major singles titles in men's tennis history.
Rafael Nadal recently won the French Open in Paris with a straight sets demolition of Novak Djokovic in the final. That helped him tie Roger Federer, who has not played since the Australian Open in January, at 20 Slams.
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic meanwhile is three titles behind Federer and Nadal, at 17 Majors.
Speaking on the show Match Points for the Tennis Majors website, Bartoli said that the race for the Greatest of All Time or GOAT can only be decided only after the Big 3 retire.
"Neither Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic have finished. We really have to wait till those three - all of them - are retired. Because all of those three players have different qualities. For Rafa, it's clay... For Roger, it's grass... For Novak, it's the Australian Open," Bartoli said.
"I think the Rafa's 13 French Open titles will push Novak and Roger to even greater heights because they want to catch up. Once those three players, unfortunately for tennis, retire, then you really have to take everything into consideration to see which of those three are the greatest of all time," she added.
Roger Federer's best chance to win another Grand Slam would be to play a few events before Wimbledon: Marion Bartoli
The Frenchwoman also spoke about Roger Federer's chances of winning another Grand Slam. Federer expects to return at the Australian Open in January 2021, but Bartoli feels the Swiss' best chance to add to his tally of 20 would be at Wimbledon.
"Will Roger Federer win another Grand Slam title? Yes, of course. I think it is better he has a four to five month warm-up before he arrives at Wimbledon. I think if he arrives at SW 19 without any matches for 9 months and if Wimbledon is his first Slam of the year, he might be too rusty," said Bartoli.
Bartoli added that Roger Federer's easy style of play will suit grass now more than ever, and that the conditions at SW19 will help him win at Wimbledon.
"He doesn't have to use too much of his fitness on the grass due to the nature of his game. He can serve and volley, come to the net and use that slice wisely. If Roger Federer is able to build up some momentum and confidence, he can win it. He was so close against Novak last time," Bartoli said.Published 28 Oct 2020, 16:50 IST