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Is Roger Federer The Greatest Tennis Player Of All Time?

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In a time where younger players are being ranked higher that Federer by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), he stands tall amongst them as they crumble one by one mid-tournament. Federer is 35 years old and has won Wimbledon without ‘breaking’ a sweat, he did it without dropping a set or showing any physical signs of wear and tear.

Roger Federer has four more Grand Slam victories than his closest rival, Rafael Nadal at 19 as compares to 15 titles. He has five more than Pete Sampras and seven more than Roy Emerson and Novak Djokovic. Federer is the first man to appear in four Grand Slam finals in the same year in the last 45 years, not only that but he has completed this feat 3 times, in 2006, 2007 and 2009.

Federer’s Accomplishments

The only other person to accomplish this is Rod Laver in 1969. Federer is the all-time leader at two separate Grand Slams, Wimbledon, where he is tied with Pete Sampras and the U.S Open, where is tied with Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors. From 1973 when the ATP began compiling rankings, Roger Federer’s 302 weeks as the world’s number one player is the longest reign ever.

Federer has never retired from a match unlike all of the other major-players, which speaks to his fitness, and he once held a streak of 105 points without an unforced error. He is the only man to win back-to-back Grand Slam titles five times, he did this at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 and Wimbledon and the French Open in 2009. He has been able to reach an all-time record of 29 Grand Slam finals, 42 semi-finals and 50 quarter-finals.

Just his accolades alone bear witness to Roger Federer as the greatest tennis player of all time, not to mention his longevity, consistency, fitness and popularity.

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