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Nick Kyrgios feels Roger Federer is still the GOAT of tennis. For several years, many believed that Federer was well ahead of his two closest rivals, but with Nadal drawing level with him on 20 majors following his latest Roland Garros success and Djokovic also closing in, the GOAT debate remains one of the hottest topics.
“In my opinion, I’ve played all three of them, I think Andy Murray is right up there as well,” Kyrgios told Courtside Huddle. “You look at Federer he’s the most dominant player of all time, but in this era it’s actually Rafa. It’s a debate you can have.
“A lot of players will tell you Rafa’s the GOAT, Novak’s the GOAT. But in my opinion, Federer is still [the GOAT]. I think he’s almost like a [Michael] Jordan status type thing. He was the guy that was so dominant on every kind of surface. I think the way he plays the game is something special.”
Kyrgios also paid tribute to Nadal after the Spaniard won a 13th French Open earlier in October.
“Unbelievable. I wasn’t surprised when I saw Rafa pretty much easing through the draw at the French Open,” he said. “That’s his backyard. He loves playing there. I think he’s lost two matches there in his entire career.
“Honestly, I don’t think we’re ever going to see anything like that again. Someone so dominant on one surface and he’s right there with the greatest of all time. You can argue he is the greatest.”