A comparison between someone to someone else is always unfair because everyone has different unique skills and mindset. However, a Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov has refused to evaluate greats Federer and Nadal in the recent interview.
While Roger Federer has held the all-time Grand Slam record by a male player in the history of 20 titles, his rival Rafael Nadal is just one short match him. If Spaniard wins a title in the upcoming French Open, he has a chance to match Federer’s 20 slams.
Whereas Nadal is the favorite in the Paris major, Federer will forgo the rest of the 2020 season owing to injury rehabilitation. The tournament will take place from 27th September to 11th October.
However, Grigor Dimitrov is now playing in the Rome Masters 2020. He qualified for the quarterfinals of the tournament. Bulgarian will play Canadian Denis Shapovalov to seal his place in the semifinals on Saturday.
“It’s Hard to Match for Anyone, Each One on Their Own”- Grigor Dimitrov
After a round of 16 matches, Dimitrov was asked about Nadal’s 20th slam and his legacy comparison with Roger Federer.
Former world number three went on to answer, “I mean, I think, first, I don’t think you can compare one person to the other, especially when it comes to those guys’ caliber. That’s just how it is.”
“I have always said it, and I will say it, these guys are just, what they have achieved already in tennis, I mean, it’s hard to match for anyone, each one on their own. I think I hate to say it that way, I’m not sure they really care about those numbers, those guys. They breathe, eat tennis, and that’s just the passion of the game. That’s just how it is.”, He added.
Additionally, Dimitrov expressed, “I have been lucky enough to spend quite a bit of time with each one of them, just on our own, and it’s never about that. It’s never about — yes, a number is a number. I get that point, don’t get me wrong. We all want to… yeah.”
“It’s Very Hard to Kind of Beat Them”- Dimitrov
“But for them, I think it’s more than that. It’s bigger than the game. I think that’s what is going on between the three. I mean, who am I to say — I can only say my opinion on that, but who am I to judge these guys? No chance. I refuse to, and I don’t want to.”, the 2017 ATP tour finals winner mentioned.
In conclusion, he said, “You can only get the good examples, see their mental state of mind every time they play on a different level, whether it’s — I mean, for me, one of the greatest players clearly are them, and at the beginning of their tournament is probably one of the — that’s why they are the best players, because some of the first matches are one of the most important ones, and they really come through as champions, and they just pick up speed and then it’s very hard to kind of beat them in later stage in the tournament.”