The uncle of current world number one Rafael Nadal has revealed that he believes Roger Federer is the best ever tennis player, according to a report on the Tennis World USA.
Toni was one of Rafael’s coaches and has seen Federer battle over the last decade with his nephew for tennis supremacy.
Now both players are still dominating the sport, with Swiss international Federer breathing down the neck of the Spaniard in the world rankings.
Both players have started their Wimbledon campaigns strongly this year and could be set for an epic showdown soon.
When speaking about who is the better player between the two, Toni said:
I will watch Wimbledon from home, hoping for Rafa’s win. I speak with him every day, he told me that he is doing well. He is not particularly excited, but I think he has everything to go far.
Rafael and Roger are two very committed players in the sport. Djokovic is very close to them, but in general, the new generation wasn’t consistent enough to take them over and it allowed them to play at a very high level.
Probably Roger is the best in history and Rafael is close too.
Even though both players are ageing, there are no hints that they are looking to retire from the sport and they seem to be getting stronger and stronger.
Nadal dominated the clay-court season this year to preserve his title as the ‘king of clay’, whilst Federer took a break to recharge himself for Wimbledon.