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Shapovalov: French Open great chance for Nadal to tie Federer’s all-time record

Shapovalov: French Open great chance for Nadal to tie Federer's all-time record

Rising Canadian star Denis Shapovalov claims it’s “exciting” to watch Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer go up against each other and battle for the biggest accolades in the sport. Federer, a record 20-time Grand Slam champion, is out for the season following a knee surgery and 19-time Grand Slam champion Nadal will be aiming to equal the Swiss’ all-time Grand Slam record at the upcoming French Open.

Nadal, a record 12-time French Open champion, has won the past three editions of the French Open. But 2016 French Open champion Djokovic will have something to say as he also wants to make it all the way at Roland Garros.

“I think it’s super interesting as a fan of the sport to see these three guys battling it out for Grand Slam, for weeks of No. 1. It’s very exciting for everyone,” Shapovalov said, when asked what would equaling Federer’s record mean for Nadal’s legacy.

“Of course we’re trying to stop them as much as possible, but, you know, they’re very good at what they do. So, yeah, it’s definitely very, very exciting. “I think as legacy stands, no matter who has the most Grand Slams, who has the weeks at No.

1, those three guys are going to be all remembered as the GOATs, as the greatest of all time. “I just think it’s super exciting for tennis to have those three guys fighting for, like you said, legacy, but at the same time, the young guys battling it out, as well, and pushing these guys.

You have guys like Danielle and Dominic right there and so close to beating them at the highest levels. “It’s super exciting for tennis, I think, overall.”

Shapovalov says it’s a great chance for Nadal

Nadal is considered the greatest clay court player of all time and he will enter the French Open as the top favorite to win it all at the tournament.

“Yeah, no, I think it’s a great chance for him to tie Roger. He’s never been in that situation before that he’s come so close to tying Roger,” Shapovalov acknowledged. “For sure, like I said, they’re all going to be the greatest of all time, but I’ll be there trying to stop him, trying to, you know, win my first slam, and I’m sure everyone is the same. “For sure, it’s very exciting to watch and be a part of this.”

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