France’s Tennis player Richard Gasquet has compared the legacies of two greats of the sport – Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. The Serbian recently won his 20th major title by defeating Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in four sets by 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3. Thus, the World No.1 has tied with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s tally of 20 slams.
However, Gasquet stated that he doesn’t rate a player on the number of Grand slams titles but he feels that the art is more important. Federer is well known for his class, flamboyant game and his demeanour on the court.
In fact, the Swiss Maestro set a benchmark for both Nadal and Djokovic to follow. Nadal and Djokovic have been able to match Federer’s accomplishments and there is always a healthy competition between the Big three of the sport.
Gasquet added that he watches Tennis for the beauty and there is no doubt that Federer is one of the most stylish players when he gets going.
“I see tennis differently, I’ve always said that for me it’s not just the number of Grand Slam titles that matters,” Gasquet said.
“One at 21, the other at 22 or 23. I don’t just see the Grand Slam winner, I look at the aesthetics, what you give off on the court.
“I often hear the race to the highest, it is a pointless subject. For me, Roger Federer is irreplaceable, he’s the greatest player of all time when I see the aesthetics, the grace he has on the court.
“I watch tennis for that (the beauty), although Novak Djokovic is definitely the best and an amazing player. “Winning three Grand Slams in a row is incredible. I’m not into the pro-Federer or pro-Djokovic thing.
There is no doubt that Nadal, Djokovic and Federer have taken Tennis to new standards and they have given so much to the sport. The rivalry they have bought in the game is unmatched.
Meanwhile, Djokovic is currently playing at a different level altogether and he will look to continue his sublime form.