— The Field (@thefield_in) August 28, 2017
Cute. I dont know Roger, but he seems like the kind of guy that 8-9 years from now would quietly make sure he played little Zizou and kept that pinky promise he made.
I don’t know if we will ever appreciate Roger the way he should be appreciated. The log jam between him, Nadal And Djokovic over the past several years and throw in Andy Murray who has collected majors based on whos injured, and you lose sight of how good Fed has been and for how long.
According to WIKI, since 2002:
- There is no other male player in the history of tennis who has won more Grand Slam singles titles than Roger Federer, he broke the previous all-time record held by Pete Sampras (14) in 2009 and is the first, and one of only two male players (other being Nadal) to win 15+ Grand Slam singles titles in tennis history.
- There is no other player in the Open Era who has been ranked world No. 1 longer than Federer. Federer broke the previous all-time record of 286 weeks as No. 1 which Pete Sampras held until 2012. Federer held the No. 1 ranking for 302 total weeks and is the only male player in the Open Era to register 300+ weeks as world No. 1. Additionally, from 2004 through 2008, Federer held the top singles ranking for 237 consecutive weeks, easily shattering Jimmy Connors 31-year-old record of 160 consecutive weeks.
- There is no other player in the history of tennis who has won 6+ titles in 6 different tournaments. Federer has won 6 titles at World Tour Finals, 7 titles at Cincinnati (Masters 1000), 7 titles at Dubai Tennis Championships (ATP 500), 7 titles at the Swiss Indoors (ATP 500), 8 titles at Wimbledon (Grand Slam) and 9 titles at Halle Open (ATP 500).
Unless you familiarize yourself with Roger’s winning history you forget just how incredible, durable and consistent he’s been for 15 years when the average tennis career lasts 8-10.
He should breeze into the Semi’s and face a reborn Nadal this week so enjoy these two while you can because it won’t last forever. Or maybe it will.