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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!
 

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Sampras is way better & will be.
 
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You won't be saying that when Federer ends up with like 18 grand slams.
 

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Doesn't matter. That will be only numbers.
 

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Laver is the greatest of all time.... He won the Grand slam TWICE. Federer won't even win the Grand Slam ONCE.......
 

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Numbers again....we talk abuot quality or ?
 

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This is tongue-in-cheek for the most part, but all the talk of grand slam titles as indicators of greatness are lame. The open era began in the late sixties - until then professionals were not allowed to participate at events like Wimbledon. Anyone who mentions Laver's 1962 grand slam as a serious indicator of his greatness does not know his history.

In terms of a sheer volume of accomplishments Federer stands a mile behind the likes of Gonzalez, Laver, Rosewall. And Gonzalez was the world's top player longer than Roger. Rosewall and Laver may have been as well.
 

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This is tongue-in-cheek for the most part, but all the talk of grand slam titles as indicators of greatness are lame. The open era began in the late sixties - until then professionals were not allowed to participate at events like Wimbledon. Anyone who mentions Laver's 1962 grand slam as a serious indicator of his greatness does not know his history.

In terms of a sheer volume of accomplishments Federer stands a mile behind the likes of Gonzalez, Laver, Rosewall. And Gonzalez was the world's top player longer than Roger. Rosewall and Laver may have been as well.
Discussing GOAT should be kept to open era imo. Too hard to compare acheivements otherwise.
 

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Discussing GOAT should be kept to open era imo. Too hard to compare acheivements otherwise.
GOAT stands for the 'greatest of all time'. "All-time" means all-time. If you wish to discuss the open era only then what you have is 'the greatest of the open era', which would come out to GOOE.

That means that Roger might be the GOOE, but it may be Borg depending on who you ask.:p
 

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GOAT stands for the 'greatest of all time'. "All-time" means all-time. If you wish to discuss the open era only then what you have is 'the greatest of the open era', which would come out to GOOE.

That means that Roger might be the GOOE, but it may be Borg depending on who you ask.:p
Fair enough.

Well then I think the discussion should be GOOE, not GOAT.
 

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exactly, we're talking about quality. Did you ever watch Fed play?:D
Always. Did you.....Sampras play? Fed is right behind him. I like Fed but I think what I think...
 

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Fair enough.

Well then I think the discussion should be GOOE, not GOAT.
GOOOOOOEEEEEE! Makes me think of cheese.

Gooey cheese that is.
 

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Federer is already the greatest of all time in my opinion. He will just solidify this status by winning 2 or more Grandslams.
 

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Federer is already the greatest of all time in my opinion. He will just solidify this status by winning 2 or more Grandslams.
That would be pretty cool. Considering he's never done it before.
 

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I think he means slams.

He's not there yet. I'd rank him 3rd in the open era behind Borg and Sampras for their careers. 2 more slams, or 1 RG would put him over both so he's very close.

As for all surfaces, not yet.

1. Agassi won all 4 slams.
2. Bjorn reached the finals of the USO 4 times (Fed's only reached RG Finals twice).
3. Lendl reached the wimbledon finals twice, and 4 SFs.
4. Federer.
 

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I think the GOAT battle is among Laver, Federer and Borg; anything goes with these three. But in my mind, Sampras is already fixed in the 4th place.
 
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