Why it’s fair to debate Federer’s ‘greatest of all time’ label

We’re all quite amazed by Roger Federer’s achievement in winning an eighth Wimbledon title and 19th grand slam — just a marvelous achievement for a class act.

After beating Andy Murray soundly at Wimbledon in 2012, a 30-year-old Federer had 17 grand slam titles, with perhaps more in the making. After all, at that point, Murray hadn’t broken through and won any of this three Slams yet, nor had Stan Wawrinka, and even the great Novak Djokovic had won only five of his current 12.

But it didn’t go that way for Federer. His next 15 grand slam appearances saw him in but three finals, five semis, and a mixed bag of early exits and surprising defeats.

But Federer’s 2017 has impressed beyond belief, as the Switzerland native has claimed his 18th and 19th career majors. No. 18, which came at the Australian Open, was an absolute testament to his mental fortitude and endurance, and an untested cruise to another Wimbledon title gave him No. 19.

Two things stand out about his latest victory — first, no human being has ever played better tennis at age 35, and second, I’m not sure we’ve seen a Slam run so free from pitfalls or roadblocks.

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Source:: Sportsnet.ca – Sport

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