Eugenie Bouchard said the all-time Grand Slam record suggests Rafael Nadal is the greatest tennis player of all time but she actually believes Novak Djokovic is the one that should be considered as the GOAT.
Bouchard, the 2014 Wimbledon runner-up, also admitted she has a soft spot for 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer.
"Technically by Slam number now, it's Rafa Nadal, but I personally have a soft spot for Roger but I do think that Djokovic is actually the best," Bouchard said while speaking on the Pardon My Take podcast, per Sportskeeda.
Bouchard, a former world No. 5, was asked to pick between the prime versions of Federer and Djokovic.
"I'll always pick Roger in his prime," Bouchard said.
Djokovic, Nadal set to battle for Roland Garros title, Federer won't play
Nadal overtook Djokovic and Federer after he won a record 21st Grand Slam at the Australian Open.
Many believe this year's French Open could be the key in the GOAT run as Nadal might be uncatchable if he wins the French Open.
Patrick Mouratoglou, a renowned tennis coach, recently gave his take on the GOAT debate and the importance of Roland Garros.
"If you look at the start of the season and if you look at the global situation, Novak has the lead for me. He is winning more Grand Slams than anyone every year, so he is the huge favorite to win more Grand Slams than anyone. But because of this COVID story he was not able to play most of the year, so he is lacking a lot of matches. And on the other hand, Rafa gained so much confidence because, as Novak wasn't playing, he won almost everything. You had Novak with a big advantage and with what happened Rafa now has the edge. But then Rafa gets injured so he is not going to be able to play enough this year and then it comes back to kind of a balance," Mouratoglou said in a clip posted on his Instagram.
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