Federer lost in four sets to my man Rafael Nadal 6-7, 6-2, 7-6, 6-4 in an Australian Open semifinal on Thursday night. As Federer was again dominated by an arch-rival, I have one thing to say…
I am so, SO very sick and tired of the talk of him still being the among best men’s player on the tour as well as the best tennis player of all time. STOP IT!
I said once before, and I’ll say it again: Federer is not the greatest men’s singles player of all time. Hell he is not even the best player on tour right now (that would Novak Djokovic), and hasn’t been that way for the last five years (that would be Nadal).
A lot of Federer apologists would always say that you cannot punish him for playing against inferior competition during his prime. Uh, yes you can!!! Dig this: Federer’s biggest challengers during that time were an underachieving, overrated Andy Roddick and a gritty, yet inferior Lleyton Hewitt. That’s it!!!
Now that he has some competition in Nadal and Djokovic (hell, Federer got his ass kicked in Wimbledon by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga).
Again, I will say that Pete Sampras is the greatest men’s singles player because dominated MUCH stiffer competition during his prime. Do you honestly think that Federer would dominate Andre Agassi, Michael Chang, and Jim Courier the way Sampras did?
I didn’t think so…