Source Q: Can Federer be the best player in the world if there is another one who beats him two of every three times they play? A: He can, just like somebody like Messi can be tactically suppressed by another player of a lesser level. Although that's not the case with my nephew Rafael, who does have a quite high level and can carry the tactical initiative. Q: Explain us, mister coach: Is it because he hits to Federer's backhand? A: Rafa focuses his game on Federer's backhand, indeed, but one can't just hit the same shot everytime. But he does throw him off his rhythm and timing, and sometimes he forces him to make rushed choices. Q: But if Federer is the GOAT... A: I don't know if Roger is the GOAT, it's impossible to compare. Although I would narrow it down to Federer and Rod Laver. Roger is indeed the best player of our time. And Rafael suffers against players below his own ranking too: Davydenko, for example. Q: Brad Gilbert said your nephew Rafael could win 30 Masters... A: Ha, ha... let's take it easy. It's taken us a lot to go this far; it will take a lot more to go that far.