Too often, fans and pundits discuss who's the greatest player of all time, the so-called GOAT. According to some, it's Roger Federer because of his legacy, others think it's Rafael Nadal because of his clay-court dominance and success at the Olympics, and some consider Novak Djokovic the greatest of all time as he holds the record for most weeks spent as world no. 1 and can end up with most Grand Slam titles.
However, one player that had a chance to challenge them on the tennis courts and also beat them a few times, Stan Wawrinka, acknowledges achievements of every one of them and knows that they are all unique in their own sense. In a recent interview with RMC Sport, Wawrinka said:
"They are different personalities and players. If we're just talking about the game, for me Roger Federer is really talent, ease and touch. Rafael Nadal is strength, power and Novak Djokovic is a bit of perfection. It's true that when you play Rafa in the Roland-Garros final, for me it's one of the most difficult challenges on what I've experienced in my career."
Discussing the question about who's the best of all time, the Swiss player acknowledged that Djokovic is currently the best player, but that doesn't necessarily mean he's the greatest of all time, as they all made significant contributions.
"Novak is the best player today and he has proven it in everything he has done in 20 years. They broke all the records between him, Rafa and Roger. They took everything and ate everything. They are the greatest players in the history of tennis."
"There have been several generations who have broken their teeth against them. I think the one who is coming now, little by little it will take over. It is inevitable and it will happen after a while. But we are talking about the greatest players in the history of the game. We are not just talking about great players."