Bjorn Borg is the best tennis player I have ever seen!
He won 11 grand slam singles titles in only a several year span and he could have won more grand slams if he ever concentrated on playing the Australian Open. But Borg had to go through great players Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl and Ilie Nastase to win many of his grand slams singles titles. Borg was the best of a great group of tennis players in his era. What I'm wondering is where are the rivals for Roger Federer? I have never seen a men's tennis player so much better than his competition. Congratulations to Federer on becoming the first men's tennis player since Mats Wilander in 1988 to win 3 grand slam singles titles in a year.
That is a great accomplishment in any era of men's tennis. But where are his rivals? Mats Wilander had to compete against tremendous players like Stefan Edberg, Ivan lendl and Boris Becker to win his 3 grand slams in 1988. And Wilander hasd to compete against great players throughout his career. Where are the great opponents for Federer? Alot of tennis fans thought Andy Roddick would be a great rival for Federer. But that's just not the case so far although at this point Roddick seems like the choice almost by default for being Federer's top rival in the future. I had high hopes for Marat Safin at the beginning of the year when he made the Australian Open final. But his game has slipped badly this summer. And David Nalbandian has a history of playing Federer very tough and he has alot of talent. But Nalbandian had an injury plagued year this year and wasn't a factor is the grand slams and that was shame.
So who will be a real rival for Federer in 2005? I don't see anyone emerging so I think there is a good chance Federer could win 3 grand slam singles titles again next year. That would be incredible for Federer! But men's tennis needs to find a couple of true rivals for Federer so these grand slam finals with Federer playing in the finals become compelling on a regular basis. I think we all would agree the the 2004 Wimbledon final between Federer and Roddick was compelling. Roddick was supposed to be closing the gap between himself and Federer. But since Wimbledon the gap between Fedrer and Roddick has even widened!
I just can't believe in a time of so many good men's tennis players that 1 player in Roger Federer is so far and away the best player. I think 21st century sports is all about parity at the top. But that's not the case with men's tennis in 2004. One man stands alone and his name is Roger Federer.