Who’s the greatest? Who cares. It’s been a titanic tennis era

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Who’s the greatest? Who cares. It’s been a titanic tennis era

Nadal, Djokovic and Federer are unique talents in their own right and on their preferred surfaces

Simon Briggs

In the rarefied world of tennis, this brutal year has at least left us with a neat mnemonic. When did Rafael Nadal win his 20th major, to match Roger Federer’s tally? It was at the end of 2020, of course.

How much does this statistic matter? Very much, to the question of who finishes up leading the grand-slam race. And not at all, in terms of which member of the “Big Three” you will gravitate towards.

We can all sit around arguing about who is the Greatest Of All Time and whether Nadal having won 13 of his major titles — 65% — at Roland Garros should count against him. But our reading of the evidence is always likely to be partial...

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