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Federer better than ever but so are rivals, says Wilander
Wed Sep 14, 2011 12:59am IST

By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The good news for Roger Federer, according to former world number one Mats Wilander, is that he hasn't lost any of his skill and is playing as good as ever.

But the bad news for the Swiss maestro is that the opposition has improved as well and he needs to find a way past them to add to his record collection of 16 grand slams.

"There's no question he's better now than he's ever been," Wilander told Reuters in an interview. "He's just not winning."

Wilander said Federer's biggest problem was that his two greatest rivals, Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal, were now playing at a much high level than the rivals he was beating when he was scooping up grand slams at will.

"There's no question that Novak Djokovic is way better than the opposition he had four, five years ago," said the Swede.

"You have to take Novak Djokovic now and compare him to Andy Roddick at his best. Not even close. Lleyton Hewitt at his best? Not even close. And those are the guys he was beating in the finals and semi-finals."

Federer won the last of his titles at the 2010 Australian Open. This year was the first time he had gone through a season without winning at least one grand slam title since he broke through to capture his first in 2003.

But Wilander, who won seven majors between 1982 and 1988, said the 30-year-old Swiss had shown he was anything but a spent force, reaching the final at the French Open this year and coming with one point of beating eventual champion Djokovic at the U.S. Open, which ended Monday.

The pair slugged it out over five gripping sets in an enthralling match that could have gone either way. Federer had two match points in the fifth set but Djokovic survived them both and won the decider 7-5.

"The first two sets again Novak were the best I have ever seen from him," Wilander said.

"Djokovic is better this year than Nadal was last year and Nadal last year was better than anyone who ever played the game probably. They just get better, they really do."

The Swede, who won the Australian Open and French Open three times each and the U.S. Open once but never Wimbledon, said there was no comparison between the standard of play between his era and now but Federer was still the best ever.

"I think they're much better (now)," he said. "I think the state of the game is incredible, amazing.

"Is Roger the best of all time? "Yes, because he has 16. That's where it all ends. Sixteen majors makes you the best player of all time."

(Editing by Julian Linden; To query or comment on this story email [email protected])

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Total bullshit. His head must still be reeling from the fall.
 

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Listen up people this is how you troll.
 

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Federer has definetly declined. I do agree that djokovic and nadal are his best two rivals ever. All three are certainly better than Sampras except maybe on extremely fast surfaces.
 

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From the second line: Wed Sep 14, 2011 12:59am
C'mon folks, this is an OLD "article".

SetSampy is on the highway of trollage again. Too bad it's the same sh*t over and over again. :spit:
 

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Lol all the fed fans in here can say is mats is an idiot and a troll but have no way to counter argue the point. I do disagree that fed is better than ever though, he's not at his best, but not far off. Mats is right for the most part though.
 

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Better than ever? :lol: Olderer can't even play a decent best of five anymore!

Trollander at his best! :worship:
 

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I don't know what's worse, Wilander's foolishness or SetSampras digging up 5 month old links in desperate, feeble attempts to do anything he can to tarnish Federer's legacy so that it doesn't shine so brightly next to Sampras.

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Lol all the fed fans in here can say is mats is an idiot and a troll but have no way to counter argue the point. I do disagree that fed is better than ever though, he's not at his best, but not far off. Mats is right for the most part though.
Actually there's a very easy way. His age. Or do you think Federer has found the fountain of youth and has the same body he had at 24.
 

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SetSampras hates Federer. I apologize that Federer has more majors than Sampras. They are both greats of the game so cheer up. Laver is the GOAT not Federer or Sampras.
 

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"You have to take Novak Djokovic now and compare him to Andy Roddick at his best. Not even close. Lleyton Hewitt at his best? Not even close. And those are the guys he was beating in the finals and semi-finals."
Yeah, that's why a crippled, one-legged, nearly 31 year old Hewitt pushed Peakovic to 4 sets this year on Nole's favourite surface.

That's why Roddick has a winning H2H against Nole

Not to mention the counter-argument of this era's common easy draws - see Rafa USO 2010, and many others, for examples.

Wilander smokes some seriously bad weed. Jeez, he could at least check his facts with the Duck h2h......
 
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