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Roger Federer: Greatest Ever Tennis Player?

With 15 grand slam titles to his name and a few good years left to play tennis, Is it a foregone conclusion now that Roger Federer, 29, is the greatest tennis player alive and of al time? Let's have your thoughts.

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@doyin13

This is not about the "most complete tennis player".  It's about the GREATEST EVER tennis player.  So many things contribute to being a GREAT tennis player, which of course, primarily includes the ability to win grand slams.

Even at that, your 'analysis' is a moot one.  How many grand slams has Nadal's "completeness" won him?

For me, I give it to Roger Federer.  He not only won a record 15 grand slams, he won them all within a relatively short period.  He's simply the greatest player EVER to have handled a tennis racquet.

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Tell me who where the greats during Sampras era? Michael Chang? Gustavo Kuerten? or Kalfenikov?

Lleyton Hewwit and Marat Safin who were seen as good players in Sampras era were thrown to the thrash can by Federer.

Federer Is far greater than Sampras who played one French semi while Medvedev, and Kuerten were playing finals

Sampras is farr inferior to Federer

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I agree with you no doubt. He is absolutely the best.

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HOllA for ROGER. He's the Michael Jackson of Tennis, the Mohhamed Ali of Tennis, The Ronaldinho of Tennis, i dont have to keep going sure u got it already.

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@Ruudie

True enough, except from Rog-Nadal, I can't think of any other rivalry out there. Roger's just a class above everyone else with Nadal coming a close second. Even when he didn't have a coach, he was doing well. Imagine head to head with A-Rod as 19-2, Soderling 10-0 who were losing finalists in grandslam finals! I have a funny feeling that when Fed retires, Nadal may dominate similarly if he masters the other surfaces like Federer.

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I don't doubt his ability. . . . . but I doubt the level/quality of the opposition out there now; with the exception of just a handful of guys, the rest are just not in it!

Seems like back in the day, there was much more opposition out there - bigger rivalries pretty much like derbies - nowadays !?

Well, not taking anything away from Fed; he's been phenomenal xpecially in these days when the calendar is loaded with so many games to play in a short time.

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federer without a doubt is the greatest ever.his consistency is just phenomenal.

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I agree with David on this if not for Nadal Federer would have won almost every thing like 5 times

He has a way of playing without stressing himself and exerting himself that must be the key to his longevity

Where are the Nalbandians, Safin, Roddick and Hewwits of this world

Federer How many non Latin players do well in Roland Garros like Federer did

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me neither. Lets be frank . . . Nadal is the only reason the guy hasnt won 20 slams by now. If not for Nadal this would be Fed's 7th Wimbledon title in a row, his 4th Roland Garros in a row and he would have been number 1 for the last 5-6 yrs.

Pls doff your hat for Rafa . . . that guy has made tennis watchable.

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Federer is the best tennis player that ever lived and this coming from a die-hard Nadal fan.

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jaleather,

Tell us who these greats Sampras played. was it Gustavo Kuerten who won several Roland Gaross or Andrei Medvedev or Richard Krycheck or who were the greats? Thomas Muster or michael Chang? Greats that Aggassi came out of retirement to win Slams.

Federer put all the mediocre players in place something Sampras never did. The likes of Nalbandia, Lleyton Hewwit, Marat Safin, Baghdatis, Tommy Haas, Andy Roddick, And murray should think of other career outside of Tennis.

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Federer is the greatest

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@jalether

And today's players are the welders, carpenters and gigolos in disguise? When last has a tennis player had such consistency at grandslams like King Roger? All sports evolve over time and the new tennis which places so much reliance on scientific methods, regimes, all-round development and sound coaching and tactics rather than raw talent and grit. Do you see Nadal evolved from a claypit to a composite? The transition began when Federer whipped Sampras' butt. That's why A-Rod has more chance of winning another slam instead of dying as a one-slam wonder. Now he has a vast arsenal of shots and not just a booming service game.

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Pete played against many champions, the best of the best during his reign.

how abt that

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@DK,

abeg tell him o. It was not man that revealed to Pete Sampras to come to Wimbledon after 7 years. It was the spirit of God and the need for closure. Men, yesterday was history and even Rod Laver was there. Those two have won more grandslams than everyone else in the tour put together. Roger's game is complete, even Pete Sampras says so. Besides, Pete never won the french open. It's going to be real work trying to find what record he has to break now because I can't think of any except maybe Pete's 7 wimbledons. Wanna bet against Fed smashing that or at least equalling it?

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Sampras what? When Pete himself acknowledged Roger.

Tell Pete to win Roland garros before talking here.

Guess what Sampras never played a Garros final in his whole career

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Federer i love you, you are the greatest.

Back as number 1

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You guys are having a laugh right, considering the amount of unforced errors he makes in virtually

every game and still manages to win leaves a question mark abt the quality of his opponents (excluding nadal)

as far as i am concerned Pete Sampras is the greatest tennis player ever period, someone who was forced to retire early due to injury

and can still manage that many grand slams whilst playing some mouth watering tennis, dont get me wrong federer is great but not

the greatest

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Roger federer is the greatest ever.no contest.He will keep winning the grandslams.

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I never doubted his ability to make history. congrate Fed, you are d greatest

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************************************************STATISTICS************************************************

* Born Aug. 8, 1981 in Basel, Switzerland.

* Bursts on to the scene in 2001 when he ends Pete Sampras's 31-match winning streak at Wimbledon in the fourth round before losing in the quarter-finals.

RECORD 15 GRAND SLAM TITLES

Wimbledon, 2003-2007, 2009; U.S. Open 2004-2008; Australian Open 2004, 2006, 2007; French Open 2009.

* In 2003, becomes the first Swiss man to win a grand slam after beating Mark Philippoussis in the Wimbledon final.

* Is the only man to win five consecutive titles at two different grand slams - Wimbledon and U.S. Open.

* Is the first man to win Wimbledon-U.S. Open double four years in a row.

* Is the only man in the professional era to win three consecutive majors twice in his career when he captured the 2007 Australian Open title.

* Equalled Bjorn Borg's record of five consecutive Wimbledon titles in 2007.

* His run of reaching 10 consecutive grand slam finals is snapped by Djokovic in the 2008 Australian Open semi-finals.

* The 2008 five-set epic at Wimbledon is regarded by many as the best ever tennis match. He lost the match to Rafael Nadal.

* His 2009 French Open crown makes him only the sixth man - after Fred Perry, Don Budge, Rod Laver, Roy Emerson and Andre Agassi - to have won all four grand slam titles during their careers.

* Has reached a record 21 consecutive grand slam semi-finals.

* Breaks American Pete Sampras's record of 14 grand slam titles with his 15th win in the 2009 Wimbledon final to reclaim the world number one spot from Rafael Nadal.

* In 2009, becomes the first man to reach seven successive Wimbledon finals since the abolition of the Challenge Round in 1922. It is also a record 20th grand slam final for Federer, beating Ivan Lendl's 19.

OTHER CAREER MILESTONES

* Becomes the 23rd man to top the ATP rankings in 2004, and keeps the ranking for a record 237 consecutive weeks.

* Holds a record run of 24 consecutive final victories, which was snapped when he loses 2005 Masters Cup final to David Nalbandian. Finished the season with an 81-4 win-loss record.

* In 2006 he reached all four grand slam finals, winning in Australia, Wimbledon and the U.S. among a haul of 12 titles and a 92-5 win-loss record.

* Has a professional era record of 65 consecutive wins on grass, which was finally snapped by Nadal in the 2008 Wimbledon final.

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He is the greatest EVER. . . . .

I am so lucky to have witnessed the ingenuity and this wonderful tennis player.

There can never be another. . . .

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