I owe Roger Federer an apology.
In beating Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 to win his 7th Wimbledon title earlier today, Federer became the first player at least 30 years of age (he will be 31 next month) to win there since Arthur Ashe in 1975! This was after many people (including yours truly) thought that Federer’s run at major titles was done.
Speaking of titles, this marked Federer’s 17th major title, three ahead of Sampras. It also helped Federer regain the #1 ranking in the world, allowing him to equal Pete Sampras’ record of 286 weeks as the top-ranked player.
Yes, I was the same dude who once said that Federer was overrated. I was the same guy who said on many occasions that he was not the best player ever. While I still believe he is not the best player in the Open era (that would be Sampras boys and girls), I will acknowledge greatness when I see it.
I mean sure his competition while Federer was in his prime was suspect at best. His main competition during his prime was an overrated and underachieving Andy Roddick. And sure he couldn’t beat a then-green Rafael Nadal at the French Open in 2005 and 2006. And Federer won his only French Open after Nadal pulled out with an injury in 2009.
But Federer beat a hot Novak Djokovic in this year’s Wimbledon, so that has to count for something right? Besides, though Federer has not beaten Nadal at a major tournament in a good while, he still is the 2012 Wimbledon champ.
So congrats to you Roger Federer on a job well done…