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Federer: "I am very far from being the best tennis player of all time"

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Miami - Roger Federer has his dreams - like being a rock star or scoring the winning goal in a World Cup final with a spectacular overhead kick. But when it comes to his own profession, there is no time for daydreaming for the top player in men's tennis. "I am very far from being the best tennis player of all time," he said in an interview with Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.

At 25, Federer dominates tennis like few players have done in history. He already has 10 Grand Slam titles, and he looks like the man to end a 38-year wait since Australian Rod Laver achieved the Grand Slam, winning the four greatest tournaments in the same year.

"Of course I have clearly earned the praise and all that, but at times I wish people gave me a bit more time and said, 'OK, you do great stuff, etcetera, records, etcetera, but we will only evaluate you after the end of your career and only then look at whether you really were the best or even came close,'" Federer said.

"If I keep on like this for the next two years, then it looks like I will be (the best). But we are not going to see that for a long time. One must always look at the game this way - if I stopped (playing) now, would I be the best player of all time? No, not a chance."

German Boris Becker for one does not think Federer is the best in history and claims today's top 10 players are less strong technically and psychologically than those of the 1980s and 1990s.

Federer does not enter that debate, but does feel that so much praise poured on him may be annoying to the sport's former greats.

"Sometimes it is really too much for me. It is clear that I should not be compared to the best sportsmen of all time, like Muhammad Ali, or to the best tennis players. It is of course logical that some former players get almost angry about it, because there is already so much talk of it. One just comes across it and goes 'huh!', and gives a side-swipe," Federer explained with a laugh.

"I do not provoke that, it's the media. Respect is important," he stressed.

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What an arrogant sod!
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Becker saying today´s players are less strong technically and psycologically? What a bunch of bs that is! In general top players today are stronger and more complete in every aspect. But Federer has a point, it must be tiring to listen to all that hype all the time.
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Arrogance at its best
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I don't know if it is fake humbleness, or being really humble or arrogant, but he is actually having a point: just judge him after his carreer is over. It is no use saying it right now. But I would love him to become the best
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How unexpected, Becker praises the players of the 1980's and 90's.


I don't like hypocrites, but even worse are the ones who think it's OK to be an asshole as long as you are not hypocritical.
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How unexpected, Becker praises the players of the 1980's and 90's.
Old times are always better... according to some.

I guess we like to indulge ourselves in nostalgia over the past... as times flies by, we get melancholic, and everything in the past seems to be brighter and more colorful. Maybe that's in our nature... but, I watched Becker himself, and all those greats from the late 80's and most definitely, they weren't so much ahead of today's top players, no chance. We had more multiple GS winners back then, but that's just because there was noone so dominant as Federer is; and by the way, many of today's top players have not yet finished their careers, so what's the point of comparing them to people who are done with theirs?
One thing that I feel is indisputable, even if top 10 now is weaker than top 10 back then, top 100 now is definitely strongest than ever. So, in a way, now you have to worry even about 1st and 2nd rounds, not just SF's anf F's, if you are high seeded.
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How unexpected, Becker praises the players of the 1980's and 90's.
True!
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Old times are always better... according to some.

I guess we like to indulge ourselves in nostalgia over the past... as times flies by, we get melancholic, and everything in the past seems to be brighter and more colorful. Maybe that's in our nature... but, I watched Becker himself, and all those greats from the late 80's and most definitely, they weren't so much ahead of today's top players, no chance. We had more multiple GS winners back then, but that's just because there was noone so dominant as Federer is; and by the way, many of today's top players have not yet finished their careers, so what's the point of comparing them to people who are done with theirs?
One thing that I feel is indisputable, even if top 10 now is weaker than top 10 back then, top 100 now is definitely strongest than ever. So, in a way, now you have to worry even about 1st and 2nd rounds, not just SF's anf F's, if you are high seeded.
I believe the same about top 10 of some years in the 90s being stronger than now, and that top 100 now is better. But the bolded part of your post is one point often overlooked by some who compare then with now: it's ten years too early to speak about Roger's competition being weak/strong/whatever. In ten years, the Nadal generation will be retiring, and not until then is it possible to judge their strength in a reasonable way, and hence the strength of Fed's competition.


I don't like hypocrites, but even worse are the ones who think it's OK to be an asshole as long as you are not hypocritical.
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I can't believe Becker really thinks that players in the 80's had better technique than the players today.
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Of course I'm not the best player ever...but in two years time I will be

I get the impression from his interviews that if Roger wasn't an awesome tennis player he would be an accountant with no friends.
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he IS arrogant but he IS the best
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Of course he's not the greatest, I am.
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He can't be far off... c'mon mate...
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Re: Federer: "I am very far from being the best tennis player of all time"

He will, but of course he has to deal with all the pressure from the media before he could be the best ever. lol
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