Al is one of my college buddies from waaaaay back who has served as my main antagonist when it comes to Roger Federer’s legacy in tennis (check out his awesome comments on my last rant on Federer, and this one and this one).
Al is a tennis aficionado who really knows his stuff. He thinks Federer is far and away the best men’s tennis player of all-time. I, on the other hand, disagree and believe that Pete Sampras is the best ever.
At any rate, I say all of that to let my friend Big Al and other tennis fans know that the Federer era of dominance has officially ended after his five-set loss to Andy Murray in the Australian Open semifinals this morning. I would argue that his era ended in 2010 after his win at the Australian Open, though he did win Wimbledon last year.
I will say that I do not think we will ever see another era of dominance in men’s tennis such as Federer’s in his prime, despite of my continued criticism of his level of competition. And I do not care what anyone says, if Rafael Nadal were healthy, he would have run Federer’s ass out of “tennis town” a long time ago. However, credit to Federer for his staying power, regardless of the circumstances he cannot control.
So have at it Big Al (and other tennis/Federer fans). While you excoriate me yet again in all things tennis, I will be enjoying the Novak Djokovic – Murray final this weekend.