"Novak has the most tennis quality," Garbine Muguruza gives her verdict on the GOAT debate

Monday, 24 June 2024 at 04:00
Garbine Muguruza expressed her opinion in favor of Novak Djokovic as the player with the ‘most tennis quality’ within the Big-3. The former world No. 1 also chose Roger Federer as her favorite player within the rivalry and analyzed the present of her compatriot Carlos Alcaraz.
The Spanish player announced her retirement in April this year and at 30 years old, she is starting new projects outside of tennis. Muguruza participated in an episode of the Spanish podcast El Larguero and commented that the incredible achievements of the Big-3 overshadow the great results of other players: "The Big 3 has set the bar so high that winning three Grand Slams sounds like little. It's a tragedy."
Muguruza also mentioned the bad luck of the players who shared the era with the Big-3: “The number of Grand Slams that would have been distributed... That generation is incredibly tough, it was always the three of them. I am for Roger... but I am pro Rafa to death. But then in tennis, Roger.”
However, the Spaniard favored Djokovic in the GOAT debate: “To me, Djokovic seems to be, of the three, the most tennis-wise beast, the one with the most tennis quality is Novak.”
“I find him very funny, I've talked to him many times off the court, he is super nice. He is like a 'little clown', he likes jokes, and I have a great time whenever I talk to him. Then on the court, it’s true he has that Serbian, Eastern personality, which is good but shows how he feels. I like all three of them very much.”
On the other hand, Muguruza analyzed the great triumph of her compatriot Carlos Alcaraz in the last French Open, where he achieved his third Grand Slam title: "He arrived half injured, not knowing, and then, little by little, he gained confidence. I saw Zverev as dangerous, but Carlos is an outlier.”
Muguruza won her second Grand Slam title at 2017 Wimbledon.
Muguruza won her second Grand Slam title at 2017 Wimbledon.
“I love the energy, I get excited when I see Carlos pumping his fist. Sinner is super calm, but when you see Carlos, he is euphoric all the time, I love it. I see them so young and already winning so much. When I was 20, I would win one and then lose in the first round, then in the third... It was a mess, but I am amazed by this generation. From such a young age, they are already machines," Muguruza explains.

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