Rafael Nadal‘s specialism on one surface has been put forward as a doubt that the Spaniard is the greatest of all time. Nadal has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles in his career, level with Roger Federer‘s record haul. However, 13 of the Spaniard’s 20 wins have come on the clay court at the French Open.
Nadal has won four US Open titles and one Australian Open on hard courts, and two Wimbledon Championships on grass.
Federer has only won one French Open, largely due to Nadal’s dominance, but has spread out his other victories with eight on the Wimbledon grass and 11 on hard surfaces.
Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic, who has 17 Grand Slam singles titles to his name, has a similar record to Federer.
Djokovic has only won one French Open but has won Wimbledon five times and 11 Australian and US Opens.
Marc De Hous, the former Belgian player as well as coach of Kim Clijsters, says Nadal is “the ultimate super pro”.
But he claims it is difficult to say Nadal is the greatest of all time due to his clear preference of playing on clay.
“Whether Rafael Nadal is the best of all time remains a difficult question,” Marc De Hous told Nieuwsblad.
“He is more specialized than Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer on one surface.