Roger was named #1 player of all time in a poll which was made by a German tennis side.
I thought it would be worth it to translate it:
The best players of all time - #1: Roger Federer
The run in the rankings of the women was very close but the run of the men was a clear thing. Everyone of the jurymembers voted the "Maestro" on #1: Roger Federer is the undisputed #1 for tennisnet.com.
The Swiss lead the menstennis into a new golden era according to many experts.
"If I would have to pick one person I would choose Roger. He plays the most beautiful tennis which I have ever seen. Roger can do everything and it looks so easy. That's always the first step of a big player", John McEnroe, who was voted #4 in our ranking, recently said about Federer.
The Swiss started his career at the end of the Serve-and-Volley era. No matter if it is on ultra fast or extremely slow courts: Federer is the player to beat.
"You know, I can't make a mystery out of it. I'm surely a really talented player", Federer honestly answered on the question how he is able to play so consistantly on such a high level.
To list all achievements of the Swiss would go beyond the scope, therefore here's only a little view of his impressive records:
- 17 Grand Slam titles
- 24 Grand Slam finals
- 247 victories in singles at the Grand Slams
- 23 consecutive Grand Slam SFs
- 34 consecutive Grand Slam QFs (still running)
- 302 weeks at #1 (237 consecutive weeks)
- 24 consecutive victories in finals between 2003 and 2005
- 65 consecutive victories on grass
- 56 consecutive victories on HC
- 6 victories at the ATP World Tour Finals
- never retired in one of his 1076 matches on the ATP tour (still running)
- being named "ATP Fan Favorite" for 10 consecutive years (still running)
- receiving the „Stefan Edberg Sportmanship Award“ 8 times (still running)
Federer completed his Grand Slam collection in 2009 with the triumph at the French Open. "It's incredible and maybe my biggest victory. I don't have any words for it", said Federer back then who 4 weeks later became the GS record holder when he won in Wimbledon. "I'm happy that I could break the GS record here as Wimbledon is the tournament which has always meant the most to me."
After 2 1/2 years without a Grand Slam title Federer was written off by many people. But the Swiss proved doubters wrong. With his 7th Wimbledon title he reached his 17th Grand Slam title and went back to #1 in the ranking. Federer then broke Pete Sampras' record of 287 weeks as world number one and got it to 302 weeks.
The "Maestro" is an excellent ambassador for tennis. The name Roger Federer is probably known at the most deserted places in the world. He stayed himself and very modest despite all his huge popularity and success. It's hard to believe that the so balanced Federer was a bundle of energy and a jitterbug at the beginning of his career.
"One or two years ago I didn't know who I was on the court. I was used to swear a lot. But now I have learned to cope with it. That's why I can now win 10 matches in a row. I want to be remembered as a good player and not as an idiot on the court", Federer explained in 2003 when he managed his breakthrough.
Meanwhile Federer is 31 years old and still has a lot of fun in playing tennis. He already announced that he would like to continue to play until the Olympic Games in Rio in 2006. "Hopefully I can stay on the tour for many more years to come and play at the Olympic Games here in 3 1/2 years. I have to look really far ahead and not just on the next 6 months", Federer recently said on his South America tour. "Today I'm at the point in my life where I can choose where and how much I want to play", the Swiss explained and announced that he would play less tournaments in the future. The good news is that Federer will probably stay in tennis for a few more years. That means we will get to see more magic "Federer moments" of the best player in tennis history.
That's what the jury has to say about Roger Federer:
Jörg Allmeroth (Tennis journalist for over 20 years)
„Roger Federer is the first universal tennisplayer. The dominating person in tennis in the new century. The most successful Grand Slam player of all times. The perfect ambassador of his sport and one who overstepped the limits of his sport. The number 1!"
Alexander Antonitsch (former professional player and editor of tennisnet.com)
„Roger Federer combines everything: incredible technique, elegance, fitness. As a person he is the best what could happen to tennis, also because he breaks all records. He isn't just the best tennis player of all time but also one of the best athletes of all time. Weaknesses? Maybe his backhand spin and drive on a bad day. When he is the mood he is also very successful in doubles."
Christian Albrecht Barschel (managing editor of tennisnet.com Germany)
"On his 30th birthday I mentioned 30 reasons why Roger Federer is the best player of all time. In the meantime new reasons can be added. To list them would go beyond the scope. Federer isn't only the best player in history for me but also already since many years the best athlete which we have on our planet. I dare to say that the first number of his Grand Slam title collection would be a 2 if the courts would be as in the past. Federer is the best ambassador which we can have for our sport. I'm happy that I can watch him in his era. Roger, you are peRFect!"
Christopher Kas (professional since 2001, doubles specialist)
"To explain why Roger Federer is the undisputed #1 there aren't enough lines. I'm just proud to play tennis at the same time as him. He is the best what could happen to tennis. On the court near perfect and off the court flawlessly. The best of all time!!!!"
Manuel Wachta (managing editor of tennisnet.com Austria)
"Olympic Gold in singles and the Davis Cup title might be missing in his collection but apart from that the Maestro has won everything which you can win. Federer is much more as the "King of Wimbledon", much more as his record of 17 Grand Slam titles, much more as the most dominant player of the new millennium, much more as the player who has been ranked #1 with 302 weeks for the longest time, much more as his countless records. He ist most complete and elegant player and probably the best ambassador in the history of tennis. When you want to name a synonym for perfection in tennis you have to say it's "Roger Federer" - on and off the court."