Roger Federer big debate: His greatest ever match, GOAT race, what next after retirement

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AG: The GOAT debate in tennis draws plenty of similarities to the argument in football about who is better out of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Although it is tempting to pick one over the other, it would be impossible to do so without giving due credit to both players. It is a similar story in tennis and it would be wiser to class Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal as the joint-greatest of all time rather than choosing one ahead of the rest, with all three players able to make convincing cases.

YS: Second of all time to Serena Williams, but the GOAT in men’s tennis.

AM: Tennis is perhaps the most difficult sport of all time to choose the all-time greatest player such is the quality of Federer, Djokovic and Nadal. The Swiss icon is undoubtedly the romantic pick, no one has ever been or will ever be as graceful on a tennis court as him. However, it is perhaps too far to call him the overall GOAT. Instead, I am going to sit squarely on the fence and label them all co-GOATs, each given the title for their favourite surface. Nadal is naturally the greatest on clay, Djokovic takes the hard crown while Federer has earned his status as grass’ best. This seems like the happiest middle ground and one I am going to stick to.

What should/ will Federer do after retirement?

YS: He should stay involved with tennis and coach or be a pundit. But he’ll definitely become even more of a classic Phil Dunphy-like dad / family man, and he’ll do a lot with his Roger Federer Foundation. I think that’s why he said he’ll keep playing tennis but not professionally – there will still be some charity exhibitions.

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