Mark Philippoussis believes we have been ‘spoiled’ by an era filled with ‘so many of the greatest players of all time’ but is convinced Roger Federer should be ranked above Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray.
The two-time Grand Slam runner-up – who was beaten by Federer in the final of Wimbledon in 2003 – thinks tennis fans are ‘incredibly lucky and fortunate’ to be living in a time with so many remarkably talented players, with the ‘Big Four’ winning a stunning 50 majors between them.
Federer leads the way on 19 Slams, with Nadal not far behind on 16, while Djokovic is among the top-five Grand Slam collectors.
'Big Four' Grand Slam titles
19 – Federer
16 – Nadal
12 – Djokovic
3 – Murray
The fact that Murray has amassed three Grand Slam titles in such a strong era is testament in itself to his fine ability and there may well be plenty more to come from all four of them.
But while Philippoussis rates them all among the greatest in history, he thinks Federer is the best of them.
‘If you’re going on results alone, of course, you can’t argue with results and what he [Federer] has done and continues to do,’ he told Sky Sports.
‘Nadal is one of the best of all time. We’re incredibly lucky and fortunate in the fact that we have so many – at the same time – so many of the greatest players of all time.
‘Murray in what he’s done, Djokovic in what he’s done and they happen to be playing at the same time.
‘Out of all those guys, you’ve got Federer as the greatest of all time.
‘Nadal is right behind him – he’s three Grand Slams behind him. He’s looking pretty good.
‘I think it was smart for him to pull out and have a bit of time off at the end of the year but we’re incredibly lucky and spoiled at the moment with what’s going on.’