Rafael Nadal winning the French Open in an unexpected manner has caught the eye of a lot of people around the entire globe.
The reason behind this is that Rafael Nadal was considered the underdog throughout the tournament and he was written off the tournament, especially after his dip in form due to his chronic leg issues.
However, after he defeated Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals, people were reminded of the fighting spirit possessed by Nadal.
He eventually went on to defeat Casper Rudd to clinch his 14th French Open title. Praises and congratulations were galore for Nadal after he won the title. Former World Number 4, Guy Forget was among one those people who praised Nadal.
In a recently held interview, the French tennis player said that he considers Rafael to be the greatest athlete of all time. He also compared him with Muhammad Ali, Pele and Michael Jordan.
Guy Forget considers Rafael Nadal to be the greatest athlete of all time
Guy Forget in an interview implied that Rafael Nadal is not only the greatest athlete in tennis but he is the greatest in all the sports overall.
He further stated,
“For me, Rafael Nadal has achieved the greatest feat in the entire history of sport. Period. He is above Ali, Pelé or Jordan,”
“A champion who is able to win 14 times the toughest tournament on the planet, the most difficult thing that exists, there are not any.”
“We said when Borg won Roland-Garros six times, it’s monstrous. No one will do better. Sampras has won 14 Grand Slam titles. Nadal has won Roland-Garros 14 times. It’s unimaginable.”
Guy also further said that it is extremely difficult to win the French Open, and Nadal is the only player to have won it 14 times in a consistent manner.
He also said that people thought that no one could surpass the record set by Pete Sampras but Rafael Nadal did it with ease.
Well, we ought to agree with Guy considering Rafael Nadal or the ‘king of clay’s’ records in the French Open. Nadal is also the oldest ever player to win the French Open title.