Roger Federer is probably the best tennis player ever to compete in the sport, but he wouldn’t tell you that if you asked him. Don’t let his modesty fool you though; he is spectacular in every aspect of the game, on and off the court. This Sunday, the Swiss sensation beat out two of the top four tennis players in the world to claim the championship at Wimbledon – the most prestigious tennis competition in the world.
After cruising through the first two rounds of the tournament, Federer was matched against the number one ranked tennis player in the world (at the time), Novak Djokovic, in the Semi Finals. Federer eliminated the Serb star in four sets and was still hungry for more. Next on his plate was fourth-ranked Andy Murray, who was playing on as close to a home court as he knows. If Murray defeated Roger then it would have been the first time a Scot has won the Wimbledon on their native soil in 76 years. This was not meant to be however, as Federer dominated Murray in three straight sets after losing the first set to the Scottish athlete.
Now, Federer is ranked first overall in the world once again and the top three tennis players, who are said by many to be the greatest trio in a sport playing at the same time, have jumbled their standings once again. This will be the 286th week in his career that Roger is ranked number one. Next week, he will pass Pete Sampras (who at the moment is tied for the same record) and be the all time leader.
Time and time again Federer has proved to be an unstoppable force late in matches. No other athlete seems to have the same ability to rise to the occasion when all the pressure is on the line. With his victory over Murray, Federer won his seventh Wimbledon Title, a record-tying feat that only Pete Sampras has accomplished in the open era. Federer has also now distanced himself from Sampras (14 wins), one of the all-time greats, with 17 Grand Slam career victories.
From 2005 to 2010, Federer did something that has never been done in his sport, appearing in 18 of 19 finals in all of the Grand Slam events, winning ten in a row in that span. Domination of this kind is rare in any sport. Federer is a dynasty himself comparable to the Yankees of the late 1930s or the 49ers of the 80s. Federer has been recognized separately countless times by the media, fans and fellow athletes as the greatest tennis player of all time and one of the best sportsman of all time.
Federer has more Facebook fans than any other pro-tennis player with over eleven million! After his victory on Sunday, his fans jumped by a quick 5000 in one day. Close to 100,000 people talk about him on social networks every day. He is one of the biggest celebrities in the world, and yet has avoided any controversies in his personal life. Roger Federer is a true role model and seems as times to be super-human. What has already been a record-shattering career will only continue to flourish.