John McEnroe believes Roger Federers remarkable consistency is the reason why he will go down as the greatest player of all time ahead of Rafael Nadal as the pair cruised into the Wimbledon quarter-finals.
The Swiss, who has won 20 Grand Slams, beat Matteo Berrettini in straight sets on Monday, dropping just five games the process, while Rafael Nadal, who has won 18 Slams, won in similarly emphatic fashion against Joao Sousa – dropping just a single game more.
They are the two most successful male players in tennis history and the debate over who is the GOAT has raged for a long time, but McEnroe – himself a seven-time Slam winner – believes Federer just has the edge.
Why he gets the nod over Rafa is consistency. Hes putting himself on the line consistently and getting deep into majors consistently, McEnroe explained during commentary for the BBC.
This is the opportunity of a lifetime for Berrettini, for Roger this is unbelievably just another day at the office.
Federer only needed an hour and 14 minutes to see off Berrettini in a dominant display, while Nadal was also impressive, but McEnroe still feels world No.1 Novak Djokovic is the man to beat at Wimbledon this year.
I picked Novak as the favourite, I dont think anything has changed, continued McEnroe, even though the Serbian had the most competitive match – despite still winning in straight sets.