Well this video was before Nadal’s surprising exit from Wimbledon, but John McEnroe does have a point with thinking Rafa may be he best player ever. You can hear his argument right around 2:15 seconds into the segment.
And then here he is again, standing up for his bold statements that he made earlier. He still believes that even with this loss, that Rafael Nadal is the best to have played the game of tennis. Like he says, everyone has to lose some time.
It may be true that Nadal has a great record against Djokovic (20-15), and an even better record against Federer (20-10), but that doesn’t necessarily make him the greatest player ever. Now I’m a big Rafa fan myself; seeing him leave early was heart-wrenching to say the least. But I don’t fully agree with what John McEnroe said.
Sure, Nadal may have Davis Cup titles while Federer doesn’t, but I don’t know if he’s the greatest to play the game. One can argue that it’s only because Nadal has a majority of those victories primarily on clay, which is true, he’s an absolute beast. He does have other victories at grand slams too, after all he does have 12. But when you’re not as dominant on say grass as you are on clay, it’s hard to argue you’re the best ever. But on the other hand, having a 25-5 record against both Federer and Djokovic on clay is feat of its own.