Can Rafael Nadal’s US Open Win Make Him a Greatest Tennis Player Of All Time?

Last year during this time, a doubt of who’s a Greatest of All Time (GOAT) in men’s tennis was not a quite prohibited topic.

Roger Federer had missed a 2016 U.S. Open with a knee injury. His impact count was stranded on 17, and he hadn’t won a vital in some-more than 5 years. For his part, his categorical rival, Rafael Nadal seemed equally stuck, 3 slams behind during 14.  Rafa hadn’t won a vital in dual years, going 10 slams but removing past a quarterfinals. And Novak Djokovic’s possess run during immortality got sidelined as he mislaid during both Wimbledon and a U.S. Open.

Rafael Nadal of Spain, a 2017 US Open Men’s Singles champion, poses with a winner’s prize in New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

What a disproportion 12 months makes. Federer came out of nowhere to win a 2017 Australian Open, holding Nadal down in a 5 setter, giving him a 18th vital that seemed out of strech for half a decade. Roger skipped a French, where Nadal won in truly widespread fashion, bumping his impact sum to 15.

At Wimbledon, Federer continued his conspicuous run. Just bashful of his 36th birthday, he won a contest but a detriment of a set, bringing his impact sum to 19.

At a U.S. Open, Djokovic, fortifying champ Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray all withdrew given of injury. Murray’s really late withdrawal—he was seeded second—meant that tip seeded Nadal and third-seed Federer seemed unfailing to accommodate in a almost finals. That didn’t come to pass, as Federer mislaid to Juan Martin del Potro. He was clearly not in tip form—his compare opposite Youzny was so feeble played we would have been forgiven for presumption it was a compare on a Seniors Tour.

Nadal took advantage of a auspicious draw—contenders like Milos Raonic, Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic also missed a contest or mislaid early—to win a contest for a initial time given 2013 to move his impact sum to 16.

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