Of course he will be considered a great, even more than that.Without an atp finals win, will he be considered a great? It’s an interesting question to have tbh. This major hole in his cv will plague him no doubt. Even Dimitrov has won it.
The fact its a round robin is irrelevant point as he has got to finals before. It debunks the idea that the format hurts him. He lost to peak efforts often in london.For me rafas inability to win this tournament just illustrates his lack of talent in comparison to his peers. Not sure how you can be considered GOAT when you can't win a round robin against your top peers in your own generation.
Don't get me wrong, rafa is a warrior and his clay record is one of the most impressive things in all of sport. However, missing this title does reveal a very interesting weakness in his game when he has to face off against the top players on a hard court.
As always speaking utterly nonsense, please take the Fedtard tshirt for once. Nadal is clearly not the best indoors but he has been there several times for the take. And this year he was up there in level with Thiem and Medvedev as the best, but he lacked in the mental department, he should have beat Medvedev in the Semi.. he has been many times in the SF at least, and half of the time he either retired for injury or didnt participate because of it. Also you have to consider you are tying to measure greatness of a player in conditions that are a small minority for todays tennis where 90% of tournaments are played outdoor.Dull will be the Slam Leader probably for 20-22 years, but won't be considered as the GOAT, because he is claycourt specialist without long period of dominance and mediocre record vs top-10 outside of dirt (that's why he never won WTF). Not to mention that he and Djokovic vultured many Slams in weakest era ever (2017+).
I agree, that's why he won't be compared to GOATS likes Connors and McEnroe and Borg. but who he will be compared to are his contempories Roger and Novak, and Nadull obviously falls in the third spot. Just facts.On the other had the concept of GOAT is dubious anyway cause it’s impossible to compare players between eras.