The Greatest Ever?

The Federer Express chugs on, merrily eclipsing all the records in his way and at the same time winning over friends and opponents with his ruthless display on the court.

Roger Federer finally broke the 14 Grand Slams record of Pete Sampras by winning the Wimbledon this weekend beating Andy Roddick of the US in a 5 set thriller.  The final set went on for an astonishing 95 minutes.

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I was expecting to see another sobbing Federer at the end of the match, but it seems he managed to keep his emotions under perfect control.   An amazingly cool and composed player who very rarely loses his cool both on and off the pitch.  For a growing up kid, there is no better role model in Roger Federer.

He’s never been seen to yell either at the opponent / match officials, doesn’t spit on the ground, is modest about his achievements, but sometimes he does surprise us with his comments about the absolute confidence he has in his own game.

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It would be easy to say that Federer won the last remaining Grand Slam, the French Open simply because Rafael Nadal was knocked out early in the tournament. And that Federer didnt have to meet his most decisive opponent in the finals.  But the fact is that it doesnt take away the sheen from his achievements.

Roger Federer’s Grand Slam victories

2003 – Wimbledon
2004 – Australian Open
2004 – Wimbledon
2004 – US Open
2005 – Wimbledon
2005 – US Open
2006 – Australian Open
2006 – Wimbledon
2006 – US Open
2007 – Australian Open
2007 – Wimbledon
2007 – US Open
2008 – US Open
2009 – French Open
2009 – Wimbledon

For a person who has achieved possibly everything that men’s singles tennis has to offer, it would be very tempting to either walk away from it all or to find motivation to save that one next set point or match point.   But knowing the champion that Federer is, am sure he will be back to entertain us, to show us the sheer joy of winning and most importantly that you dont need to be a brash, abusive, megalomaniac to be a champion.

All rise for the greatest tennis player ever.  Roger Federer.

Above pic source:  Din and Noise & IBNLive

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  • Soham

    Wimbledon final was amazing .. thrilling to watch ..

    I always feel that Federer is the best among the ones who hv played the game .. Sampras was great but I guess federer is the greatest ..

  • Harsh

    Pete Sampras said it … Rod Laver said it … Bjorn Borg said it … without any trace of doubt , Roger Federer is the greatest player this game has ever seen !!! … Go on Federer … win many more grand slams .. 15 and counting ….

  • Krish

    Even though the match went on for a long time, I felt that it was poor compared to last year’s final. Both players were trying so hard not to make a mistake while they were serving. In the end, Roddick blinked once and that was enough for Federer.

  • Indyeah

    see?now this makes me wish I had seen the match 😛
    dont kill me O’ Tennis Buff 😛
    I used to be a tennis fan but nowadays I just hop from post to post congratulating Federer fans 😀

  • Chintam

    This question of Federer being greatest ever? – is a stupid question according to Pat Cash. Boris Becker tends to think the same, though he says, he is happy with that if it is on the basis of titles won. Britain’s Greg Rusedski said, if anybody has a problem with that, it is Rod Lever, as he has no problem with that, then there is no argument that Federer is the greatest ever.

    If media wanted such a thing, that is stupid. But I don’t think, the Tennis sport as such doesn’t need to have such a question answered. Tennis has already a set of great players because of which the game is what it is today and Federer should simply be one of them. What is so wrong and undermining in calling him as one of the (say 5 or 10) great players. You can choose to call someone as ‘a good’ player or ‘a great’ player, but not ‘the greatest ever’. I’m a Federer fan myself and enjoyed witnessing the history being created. I also like the way he keeps coming back to give us the feast of Tennis even though he lost to Nadals, Murrays, Djokovichs etc over the last year or so, unlike Bjorn Borg who quit it as soon as he lost to McEnroe. He may be doing for his own personal glory and highs, but from Tennis sport point of view, it is good.

  • Kiran

    Agree with everything in this post – especially the “you dont need to be a brash, abusive, megalomaniac to be a champion” part – Federer and Sachin Tendulkar bear testimony to this fact!