Matteo Berrettini called Rafael Nadal the LeBron James of tennis. The Italian further compared Roger Federer to Michael Jordan and Novak Djokovic to Kobe Bryant.
Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryantand LeBron James are widely regarded as the three greatest and most influential players the basketball world has seen. Each unique in their own way has left their mark on the sport over the course of their illustrious careers.
likewise, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadaland Novak Djokovic are the most prominent tennis stars of all time and are considered the “Big Three” of the sport. With 20 Grand Slams each, the three icons of racquet sports are the most accomplished players the sport has ever seen.
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Several sports enthusiasts around the world have expressed their views by comparing the “Big Three” of both sports. Recently, Italian tennis star Matteo Berrettini gave a unique comparison between the series of sports legends.
Matteo Berrettini compares Rafael Nadal to LeBron James for their physique, Federer to Jordan and Novak to Kobe Bryant
A few days before the start of the 2022 Australian Open, Berrettini was asked to name the LeBron James of tennis. Speaking of their physicality and how they achieved success fairly early in their careers, the world’s No. 10 compared the Clay Court GOAT to the Lakers megastar.
“Rafael Nadal is the LeBron of tennis, in physicality and because they both exploded very young (on the spot).” said Berrettini.
The 25-year-old then made comparisons for Federer and Djokovic. Matteo said:
“Roger Federer, I would compare him to Michael Jordan. Novak Djokovic reminds me of Kobe Bryant because he stays cool (stoic) in difficult situations.”
Who is the LeBron James of tennis?
Matteo Berrettini Compares the ‘Big Three’ to Basketball Legends
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If all goes well, Berrettini could potentially face “the LeBron James of tennis” in the semifinals of the ongoing “Happy Slam”. If the two manage to win their respective quarter-finals, the clash between Nadal and Berrettini will be a stunning match that no sports fan will want to miss.