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Saturday, January 20, 2007Greatest Tennis Player Ever??
I want to take some time here to talk about Roger Federer. The Australian Open is headed into the 4th round tomorrow. Or tonight. Or whatever day and time it is in Melbourne. I'd like to talk about "the Fed" (it's my special nickname for him. I'm positive I am the first person to call him that).
Whenever the Fed is playing a match on TV, the announcers pretty much only talk about him and how great he is. I won't disagree. He is my favorite tennis player by far. On the other hand, it's kind of like watching a football game being called by Joe Theismann and Paul MacGuire. By the end of the match I feel like the Fed is about to cure all forms of cancer and AIDS (just the one form) with a pill that only costs $1.25. Although, if he can do that he should probably stop playing a game and cure diseases.
Anyway...sorry for that digression (it is the name of the blog though). My point here is to try and figure out if the Fed is the greatest tennis player ever. If he isn't now...can he ever be?
I'm not really sure how to answer that really. Part of me says that he does things that no one else in the game has done before. He wins almost every single match he plays, and does so on every surface. Sampras couldn't do that and Sampras had the most awesome eyebrows ever. Plus he threw up a sandwich on the court once. He should probably get bonus poitns for that. OHHH...and he is married to Miss Veronica Vaughan. More bonus points.
But...then I realize that it's a fairly impossible (are there different levels of impossibility?) question to answer. Federer never played Sampras during his prime. Neither player ever took on Rod Laver. The game has changed so much over the years, both in equipment and the natural cycles of talent, that different generations can't be compared. It's like trying to establish if Babe Ruth or Willie Mays is the greatest baseball player ever. Different generations and stuff. Plus Babe Ruth never had to play against black people or Latino people...which I believe makes him racist.
So in conclusion...you can't really answer who the greatest tennis player ever is.
Except that it's Federer. It's science.