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“Rafael Nadal is great but not having Roger Federer at the top is criminal” – Fans react to Patrick Mouratoglou’s list of top-5 forehands of all time

Patrick Mouratoglou putting Rafael Nadal over Roger Federer in his top five forehands of all time list has irked some tennis fans.

Mouratoglou is a well-known tennis coach and sports commentator. He has coached some of the biggest names in tennis, such as Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Holger Rune, Grigor Dimitrov, and Stefanos Tsitsipas. Mouratoglou has won 31 singles titles and four doubles titles as a coach.

The Frenchman is popular on social media too, where he shares tips and techniques to improve one’s game, shares his opinion on matches, and analyzes the sport and its history.

In a recent video, Mouratoglou released his list of the top five forehands of all time in tennis. It was topped by Rafael Nadal, who was followed by Chile’s Fernando Gonzalez. Roger Federer was placed third, while Pete Sampras (fourth) and Juan Martin Del Potro rounded off the list.

The ranking didn’t sit well with some fans and they took to X (Formerly Twitter) to express their views. Some felt that it was the Swiss and not the Spaniard who had the best forehand of all time in the sport.

One fan stated that Federer’s forehand had “everything” whereas Nadal’s running forehand wasn’t that great.

“In no world Nadal’s FH is better than Federer’s. Roger’s FH had everything. Nadal running FH is not that good tbh”, the tweet read.

Another fan said that while Nadal’s forehand is great, the 20-time Grand Slam champion not topping that list was ‘criminal.’

“Nadal is great, but not having Fed at the top of this list is criminal.”

Here are some other reactions from fans, as found on X:


When Roger Federer & Rafael Nadal created the record for highest attendance ever recorded at a tennis match

The Match in Africa 2020
The Match in Africa 2020

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal faced off against each other in an exhibition match in Cape Town on February 7, 2020. The match was held to raise money for the Roger Federer Foundation, which aims to provide athletic training and education to children in Africa.

Earlier that day, they competed in a doubles match. The Swiss was paired with Bill Gates, while the Spaniard teamed up with comedian Trevor Noah. Federer and Gates picked up the win with a 6-3 scoreline.

The two former World No .1s then competed against each other in a singles match, where the 42-year-old registered a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win.

51,954 people attended the event at the Cape Town Stadium, setting the record for the highest-ever attendance at a tennis match.

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