Rene Stauffer, the author of the book THE ROGER FEDERER STORY, QUEST FOR PERFECTION (www.rogerfedererbook.com
) posted the top five reasons why Federer should be considered the greatest player of all-time...here are his tongue-in-check reasons...Thoughts?
1) Boris Becker once said that tennis years count like dog years – seven times human years – so Federer being ranked No. 1 in the world for over 200 straight weeks, means he been No. 1 in the world for over 1400 weeks – or nearly 27 years - according to Becker!
2) Federer reached 10 straight Grand Slam finals, which is three more than the next best streak which was seven straight Grand Slam finals achieved by Jack Crawford.
3) Federer is a master of all court surfaces. He has won 12 Grand Slam titles on three different surfaces (grass, hard court and rebound ace), where Rod Laver and Don Budge, the only players to win the "Grand Slam," won major titles on only two surfaces (grass and clay). Pete Sampras owns the most Grand Slam singles titles won among men with 14, but Sampras was much less accomplished on clay courts, only reaching the semifinals of the French Open one time, while Federer was a runner-up the last two years at Roland Garros and was a semifinalist one other year.
4) Federer just completed his third Grand Slam tennis season where he won three of the four Grand Slam titles for a THIRD TIME (also in 2004 and 2006) – an unprecedented feat in tennis (Laver did this twice, winning all four majors in 1962 and 1969). The last two years for Federer (2006 and 2007), he was only one match - and two sets away - from winning the Grand Slam. This is a truly remarkable achievement in the modern era of tennis.
5) Federer is a good neutral pick for greatest of all time because he is from Switzerland!