There have been some amazing professional tennis players in my lifetime.
Few, however, compared to Federer.
The man dominated the game at a time when there were two other stars almost as good as he was, but just not quite.
Were it not for Federer, both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic would have far more titles on their mantles.
On Thursday, Federer announced he was stepping away from the game.
You may be able to make an argument that there were others in Federer’s range, but few would argue if you slapped the label of GOAT on him.
He finished five seasons as the number one overall.
He won 103 singles titles.
He has 20 Grand Slam titles to his name.
He has the most men’s Wimbledon wins (8), and is tied for the most US Open wins (5).
He has also set the record for year-end championships, with six wins.
The only major that he has not won multiple times is the French Open, having won it only in 2009.
Let’s also not forget his 131-92 doubles record, also notching eight titles.
He has a silver medal in the 2012 Olympics for singles and gold in the 2008 Olympics for doubles.
Federer has four team competition titles to his name, having won the David Cup in 2014, and the Hopman cup in 2001, 2018, and 2019.
In my opinion, the only other players you can even have in this conversation are Djokovic, Nadal, and maybe Jimmy Connors.
If you put more weight on Grand Slam titles, that goes to only Djokovic and Nadal.
I am giving the edge to Federer based on his overall title wins and the fact he has won the championship six times.
As I said, you can have that conversation with all three of those guys, but if you put Federer at the top, it is tough to argue against him.
Source: New York Post