Nadal concedes Djokovic is ‘best in history’ in terms of numbers

  • Serb is all-time leader in men’s grand slam singles titles
  • Spaniard says fans make their own decisions on players

Rafael Nadal has said his longtime rival Novak Djokovic is the most successful tennis player in history, even though he was more ambiguous about who fans prefer to watch.

Djokovic won his 24th grand slam singles title this month when he beat Daniil Medvedev in the final of the US Open. That put him two ahead of Nadal and level with Margaret Court, who holds the women’s record.

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Great Britain’s Davis Cup heroics show there will be life after Andy Murray | Tumaini Carayol

Dan Evans and Neal Skupski were the names on everyone’s lips in Manchester as Great Britain progressed to the quarter-finals

As Andy Murray completed his comeback against Switzerland’s Leandro Riedi on Friday during an unforgettable Davis Cup week in Manchester, his victory ensured the maintenance of one of the all-time great Davis Cup records: across his 18 years in the competition, Murray holds a 33-3 record in singles.

It is a reflection of his greatness but also of the state of British tennis during much of his premiership. In order for Britain to achieve anything at all as a national team, such excellence was required of him every time he stepped on to the court. When he lost, Britain failed.

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Underdogs Finland stun United States to reach Davis Cup quarter-finals

  • Paul, McDonald fizzle for USA as underdogs Finland advance
  • Davis Cup finals debutants score upset of 32-times champions
  • Czech Republic, Australia and Canada all reach quarter-finals

Underdogs Finland stunned 32-times champions the United States on Saturday to seal their place in the Davis Cup quarter-finals for the first time, while the Czech Republic, Australia and defending champions Canada all advanced.

Otto Virtanen saved two match points in the decisive tiebreaker to beat Mackenzie McDonald 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (7) and Emil Ruusuvuori defeated Tommy Paul 7-6 (1), 6-4 – sealing the result on his fourth match point – to give debutants Finland a historic win in Split, Croatia, at the group stage of the Davis Cup finals.

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