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Yes I watched Roger Federer finally beat JM Del Potro in 5 at Roland Garros yesterday

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LONDON - JULY 08:  Roger Federer of Switzerlan...
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My sense was that I saw a much more experienced player finally beat a more overpowering hitter of ground strokes and booming service game. He did it by tennis guile,  better physical and mental conditioning and deeper experience. But now since he is one match away from a new record of 15 majors, the talk is about his legitimacy as the greatest player of the Open era. Here is an excerpt of that talk in the Sports section of the NY Times:

What is clear is that if Federer wins on Sunday, he will belong on every short list of Grand Slam tennis greatness. Only five men have won all four major singles titles during their careers: Fred Perry of Britain, Don Budge of the United States, Emerson, Laver and Agassi. Budge and Laver are the only men to have completed true Grand Slams, and Agassi is the only man to have won his titles on three different surfaces, because he played after the Australian Open and the United States Open switched from grass to hardcourts.

If Federer wins, his achievement at all four majors will be without equivalent. He has won three titles and reached four finals in Australia. He has reached the final four times in Paris. He has won five titles and reached six finals at Wimbledon. And he has taken five titles at the United States Open.

He has achieved all this in a seven-year span and is still just 27.

“It is amazing,” Annacone said. “If he wins in Paris and someone tells me he’s the greatest ever, I can totally understand why they would say that. But the most exciting part is it’s still an unfinished book. Let’s enjoy the rest of the book.”

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/06/06 at 01:33

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