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‘Rafa Nadal is ahead of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic’, believes Boris Becker

Six-time major champion Boris Becker said Rafael Nadal is “ahead” of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic “because of the way he plays the game”.

The German coached world No.1 Djokovic for three years until 2016, but he currently gives the edge to world No. 3 Nadal in the debate over the greatest male player of all-time.

“Nadal is ahead (of Djokovic and Federer), in my book, because of the way he plays the game,” the former world No.1 told BBC Sport.

“I would rate Federer as the most talented I have ever seen, I would rate Djokovic as the most fierce I have ever seen, but Nadal, boy, when he gets going and picks his shorts and the eyebrows, I wouldn’t want to play him on any surface.”

Nadal, 34, and Federer, 39, are both tied on a male record of 20 Grand Slam titles – while 34-year-old Djokovic has won 18 majors.

The Spaniard is widely seen as heavy favourite to win a 14th French Open crown at this year’s event – which begins on Sunday.

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