Is Federer the Best Tennis Player of All Time?

This morning I caught the tail end of Federer’s French Open Finals victory over Robin Soderling. This is significant for a number of reasons.

Reason number 1, with this Grand Slam victory, Federer tied Pete Sampras’s record of 14 Grand Slam wins.  Additionally, Federer did something Sampras never did: win on the clay at Roland Garros.  During the post-match commentary John McEnroe declared the Federer the best tennis player of all time unequivocally.

Reason number 2, no  Rafael Nadal in the French Open Finals.  Perhaps not coincidentally it was Robin Soderling  who defeated Nadal in the 4th Round.  Nadal has been struggling with knee injuries this year and may even miss Wimbledon. This makes Federer’s victory a bit bittersweet in my eyes; getting his 14th Grand Slam and his first French Open title against his greatest rival would have been poetic.  With Nadal not at full strength, that makes Federer’s pursuit of a record-making 15th Grand Slam title much easier.

Reason number 3, Robin Soderling. I really haven’t been able to keep up with the French Open, but ending Nadal’s streak on clay is incredibly impressive. Nadal was practically a god on clay, and defeating him  on his surface, at his tournament is an accomplishment even if he was injured.  And even though Soderling lost to Federer in straight sets he pushed the champ at times, and looked capable of beating the greatest. During the award ceremony Soderling joked that even though Federer beat him 10 times in a row, no one beats him 11 times in a row.  Here’s hoping that Soderling continues to improve and is able to challenge both Federer and Nadal in the future.  There should be some interesting tennis going on for the next couple of years if all three players continue to play at the same level.

So what does everybody think? Does this make Federer the Greatest of All Time?

6 Comments to “Is Federer the Best Tennis Player of All Time?”

  • Martin September 15, 2009 at 7:48 PM

    In my opinion there is no doubt that Federer is the best player of all time, but seeing him finally lose the final of the US Open does at least prove that the man is human!

  • Dr. Imat Amidjaya, Clinical Psychologist August 25, 2009 at 2:00 AM

    Today Roger Federer has achieved the world-wide recognition as the greatest player of all time, not only because of his devastating forehands and unreturnable serves especially when needed to win, but also of the necessary and integral parts of a winning game: the high levels of calm and consistent control of emotions in the midst of overwhelming pressures, the unbreakable and realistic self-confidence especially when needing to overcome temporary losses (e.g. behind two sets and a losing 3rhd set in a 5 set game), the sudden increase in over-all mental stability after winning the French Open in July 2009 which then removed all external and internal doubt that he could be No 1 again, and the fact that his having a family has made him a incalculably happier man (enabling him to be in greater happier peace wih himself). Dr. Amidjaya, Clinical Psychologist

  • Rafael W. July 1, 2009 at 2:12 PM

    Now I see. Thank you very much for the explanation, Mr. Mark K.

  • Mark K. June 27, 2009 at 4:07 AM

    The thing with Tennis and Golf Players is that they have to be careful with their emotions, because they play a “refined” sport. If they show too much emotion they’re labeled a diva, or a manchild like McEnroe. Don’t show enough and they don’t have the passion for the game. I think Federer shows enough emotion when necessary. When he plays well, understandably not much emotion is shown. But in the Finals, he shows plenty. Let’s not forget Sampras was accused of playing robot-like when he was in his prime as well.

  • Rafael W June 26, 2009 at 8:00 PM

    My vote is for Sampras. Sadly, he already stated that the Swiss is the best of all. Too sad to see someone with so little charisma and emotions about the game being the greatest of all… Congratulations, King Roger, for your achievements, and there is surely more to come.

  • Erik June 8, 2009 at 9:08 PM

    I really wish Federer would have won his record tying 14th Grand Slam title against Nadal, but in any case, he finally won his elusive French Open title. In my humble opinion, Federer is the best of all-time.

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