The Greatest?

>> Sunday, June 7, 2009

I'm sitting here watching an absolute display of tennis mastery by Roger Federer at Roland Garros and the comparisons to Pete Sampras have been flooding the airways(even more than usual).

With his dismantling of Soderling at 6-1, 7-6(7-1), 6-4, Federer has now tied Pete Sampras with 14 career grand slam titles and completed the "Career Grand Slam." Wimbledon, a tournament that Federer has dominated, is right around the corner and there is a very, very good chance that Federer will surpass Sampras on the all time Grand Slam wins list.

Their careers had been eerily similar until today. Both men were able to dominate the other three grand slam tournaments, but Roland Garros always got the best of both men and neither were able to capture a French Open title until today. We can now supplant Roger Federer in the history books as the greatest tennis player of all time.

The 27 year old Swiss has compiled an impressive array of stats over his career(including today)...
Career W-L-644-155
Career Singles Titles-59
Career Doubles Titles-8
Career Grand Slam Titles-14
Career Earnings-$46,000,000+

Compared to the career of Mr. Sampras.
Career W-L-735-201
Career Singles Titles-64
Career Doubles Titles-0
Career Grand Slam Titles-14
Career Earnings-$43,000,000+

While, Federer still has several good years left in his tennis life, we can assume, barring injury, that Federer will surpass Sampras in every single aforementioned category. Enjoy it, folks. Anytime you have the opportunity to watch Roger Federer play tennis, you are watching the greatest of all-time.


Gary June 7, 2009 at 11:21 AM  

Because Federer has several tennis years left, there is no doubt in my mind he will surpass Sampras in the career grand slams category. It will truly be special to see if he can do it this year at Wimbledon. At least that will give us something to look forward to in the upcoming weeks

Derrick June 7, 2009 at 12:15 PM  

They're showing last years wimbledon match between Federer and Nadal right now..pretty good stuff.

Gene June 7, 2009 at 3:33 PM  

Federer is going to continue to be a dominant player

Anonymous June 8, 2009 at 9:22 AM  

He's 27.. that's like saying he's 37 in tennis age. he probably has 2 good years left, if that.

Derrick June 8, 2009 at 10:40 AM  

Exactly, Anon....he has 2-3 years tops left...

However, thats still plenty of time to surpass Sampras in every category.

Sugui June 8, 2009 at 10:59 AM  

derrick.. it's sugui, the last anon was me.

I think he'll do it, but it's going to be very difficult. Rafa had one miscue and will be rolling into wimbledon as the defending champ. Djokovic is about to hit his prime and so is Andy Murray. Gael Monfils and Soderling are only going to get better. people forget that Tennis players put the most miles on their body moreso than any other athlete because they're pro at such a young age.

Derrick June 8, 2009 at 11:01 AM  

You're exactly right, Sugui....

Hence the quick downfalls of Sampras, Agassi, etc....

However, I think within a 2 year span he can caputre 5 more singles titles and 1 major...agreed? 100 wins in the W-L category may be a little tough, though.

Glad to see ya checking the blog out....

Sugui June 8, 2009 at 11:06 AM  

yeah, i like what i see. you need more hockey coverage

Derrick June 8, 2009 at 11:20 AM  

ha, yeah, we're amateurs in the hockey game outside of Crosby & Ovechkin...and the like...

We're gonna get started on baseball once the NBA finals and stuff are up as well..