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Djokovic vs. Nadal vs. Federer: the ‘GOAT’ debate, grand slam victories, career titles

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Nov 6, 2019

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are in the same group at the ATP Finals

Novak Djokovic has 16 grand slam titles, Rafael Nadal has 19 and Roger Federer has 20

The groups have been drawn for the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals singles tournament taking place in London from 10-17 November.

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The “big three” of men’s tennis – Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer – are also the top three seeds for the event at The O2.

Nadal, who currently leads the ATP rankings, is in Group Andre Agassi alongside Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and 2018 winner Alexander Zverev.

In Group Bjorn Borg, Djokovic, fresh from his victory at the Paris Masters, will face Federer, Dominic Thiem and Matteo Berrettini. Djokovic is a five-time ATP Finals winner while Federer has won six times.

In a round-robin format with two groups of four, each player will play three matches and aim to qualify for a place in the semi-finals.

Djokovic and Nadal will head to London having both won two grand slams each this year. Serbian Djokovic won the Australian Open and Wimbledon while Spaniard Nadal was victorious in the French Open and US Open.

Swiss star Federer leads the way with 20 career grand slam titles, Nadal has 19 and Djokovic has 16.

2019 ATP Finals: singles groups and seedings

Group Andre Agassi
  • [1] Rafael Nadal (Spain)
  • [4] Daniil Medvedev (Russia)
  • [6] Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece)
  • [7] Alexander Zverev (Germany)
Group Bjorn Borg
  • [2] Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
  • [3] Roger Federer (Switzerland)
  • [5] Dominic Thiem (Austria)
  • [8] Matteo Berrettini (Italy)

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Djokovic vs. Nadal vs. Federer: how they compare

Novak Djokovic
  • Nationality: Serbian
  • Age: 32
  • World ranking: 1
  • Career titles: 77
  • Grand slam titles: 16
    – 7 x Australian Open: 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019
    – 1 x French Open: 2016
    – 5 x Wimbledon: 2011, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019
    – 3 x US Open: 2011, 2015, 2018
  • Big titles: 55 (16 grand slams; 5 ATP finals; 34 ATP Masters 1000 titles)
Rafael Nadal
  • Nationality: Spanish
  • Age: 33
  • World ranking: 2
  • Career titles: 84
  • Grand slam titles: 19
    – 1 x Australian Open: 2009
    – 12 x French Open: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019
    – 2 x Wimbledon: 2008, 2010
    – 4 x US Open: 2010, 2013, 2017, 2019
  • Big titles: 54 (19 grand slams; 35 ATP Masters 1000 titles)
Roger Federer
  • Nationality: Swiss
  • Age: 38
  • World ranking: 3
  • Career titles: 103
  • Grand slam titles: 20
    – 6 x Australian Open: 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017, 2018
    – 1 x French Open: 2009
    – 8 x Wimbledon: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2017
    – 5 x US Open: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Big titles: 54 (20 grand slams; 6 ATP Finals; 28 ATP Masters 1000 titles)

2019 men’s singles grand slam winners

  • US Open: Rafael Nadal beat Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4
  • Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer 7-6 (7–5), 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 13-12 (7-3)
  • French Open: Rafael Nadal beat Dominic Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1
  • Australian Open: Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal 6–3, 6–2, 6–3

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‘GOAT’ debate is on

Who is, or will be, the greatest of all time (GOAT) in men’s tennis? It’s a debate that has been held throughout the Federer-Nadal-Djokovic domination.

After Nadal won his 19th slam title at the 2019 US Open, Ant Sharwood of 10 Daily said: “The bottom line might be that they’re all the greatest in their own way – which sounds like a cop-out, but isn’t. Because sometimes in both life and sport, there really is no singular answer.

“Whatever your thoughts, there’s no doubt Nadal just edged a little closer to stand-alone GOAT.”

How fans of the

After Nadal’s victory in New York his supporters definitely believe that their favourite player is the GOAT.

Here we look at the reactions of tennis fans following the US Open…

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