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Federer is one of four greatest athletes of all time

Because the great Wayne Gretzky says so.

Wayne Gretzky Declares Roger Federer One of Greatest Athletes of All-Time | ATP World Tour | Tennis

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“He deserves to be up there with guys like Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Pele. He's a special man. He's got charisma, he's got style, he's got class. He's a winner. He loves his sport. He's got a passion for the game. He's a little bit like how Gordie Howe was. He's just a special man,” Gretzky said, referring to the beloved Canadian hockey great.

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tough to argue against it.
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As much as I love Roger, I would put Messi, Pele, Maradona, Jordan, Senna, Ali, Laver, Bolt, Phelps, Gretzky, Borg, Tyson higher.
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He's just an "S-class" athlete, I don't care where exactly he would rank amongst those, it's pretty impossible to compare between sports when it's hard enough to do within tennis.
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When comparing apples and oranges doesn't suffice, comparing apples and zebras will do.

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I would think Roger is One of the greatest athletes of all time, at least.
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As much as I love Roger, I would put Messi, Pele, Maradona, Jordan, Senna, Ali, Laver, Bolt, Phelps, Gretzky, Borg, Tyson higher.
Why stop there ?

You can add, Del Pierro, Ian Thorpe, Tyson Gay, Magic Johnson, James Wilson, Arnold Palmer, Marco Fu, Wladimir Klitschko, etc.

Federer is nowhere near these great champions.
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Why stop there ?

You can add, Del Pierro, Ian Thorpe, Tyson Gay, Magic Johnson, James Wilson, Arnold Palmer, Marco Fu, Wladimir Klitschko, etc.

Federer is nowhere near these great champions.


Why do you think he is not?! Team sports are totally different to individual sport.
Federer created two of the best rivalries in the game and they gave us a lot of great matches the last ten years.
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Can't have a racist blowhard as the greatest, just seems wrong.
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Losing to two players outside of the top 100 this year alone. Don't think so.
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As much as I love Roger, I would put Messi, Pele, Maradona, Jordan, Senna, Ali, Laver, Bolt, Phelps, Gretzky, Borg, Tyson higher.
Join date: Aug 2017; post counter: 5; pretends to be a Fedfan but puts Laver and Borg above him

My 6th sense tells me you're either a multi of a nole tard or of a rafa tard. Nice try though.
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Why stop there ?

You can add, Del Pierro, Ian Thorpe, Tyson Gay, Magic Johnson, James Wilson, Arnold Palmer, Marco Fu, Wladimir Klitschko, etc.

Federer is nowhere near these great champions.
del pierro, lol, thorpe even more, tyson LOLMAO gay, magic johnson (maybe), james who??!?!, arnold palmer lolmao, marco roflmao who?, klitschko ok i get it, nice troll attempt
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As much as I love Roger, I would put Messi, Pele, Maradona, Jordan, Senna, Ali, Laver, Bolt, Phelps, Gretzky, Borg, Tyson higher.
Not Ali, not Tyson. Best boxer ever is Sugar Ray Robinson, if anyone wants to place him ahead of Federer I'd be OK with that. Noone else. Ali hasn't got a single record in boxing apart from being the one who has gotten most attention from the press, and Federer matches that and tops it with a few sporting records.

As for Borg, you can take that in the tennis GOAT thread. He hasn't got much support there until now.
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Ali hasn't got a single record in boxing apart from being the one who has gotten most attention from the press, and Federer matches that and tops it with a few sporting records..
No athlete in all of history has had impact on the world like Muhammad Ali. He transcended sport more than anyone.
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