Why Roger Federer is the GOAT (Greatest of All Time)

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Roger Federer after he captured his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title in 2007, defeating Rafael Nadal in five sets. Photo courtesy of Cynthia Lum.

First, we can start with some of the statistics from Roger Federer‘s illustrious career…

  • most Grand Slam titles (17)
  • most Grand Slam final appearances (25) and consecutive appearances (10)
  • most consecutive Grand Slam SF (23) and QF (36) appearances
  • shares the record for most titles at three of the four Grand Slams: Wimbledon (7), US Open (5) and Australian Open (4)
  • most weeks ranked as world #1 (302)
  • only player to be ranked #1 for 200 consecutive weeks
  • ranked as one of the top two players in the world for a record 346 consecutive weeks
  • holds the longest ever winning streak on grass (65 matches)
  • holds the longest and second-longest ever winning streaks on hard courts (56 matches, 36 matches)
  • holds the longest and second-longest ever winning streak against top 10 opponents (26 matches, 17 matches)
  • most consecutive finals won (24)
  • most consecutive Grand Slam appearances (60)

**records are for male players in the Open era

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10 reasons why tennis is better than the NFL

The 2014 NFL season is upon us!

Now before you guys get on me for being a football-bashing-tennis-fanboy, I want to let you know that like most red blooded Americans, I am pumped! I’m probably more excited than the average enthusiast. I love watching it, playing it, drafting for my fantasy football teams (I’m in 3 leagues this year!), going to games up in San Francis, er, Santa Clara. I love me some football!

But I want to take some time to give tennis some due props. Because I love me some tennis too! If football is #1 on my list, then tennis is 1A. But football and the NFL are doing just fine without my endorsement (they made over $9 billion in revenue last year).

Football and the NFL are awesome but so is tennis, and in some ways, tennis is even more awesome:

1. Way More Action
If you’re watching tennis on TV, chances are good that you are actually watching a point being played out. According to an article by the Wall Street Journal, the average NFL game features only 11 minutes of action. That is 11 minutes in about a 3 hour broadcast. 11 minutes!

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5 reasons why Roger Federer will win it all in NYC

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5. New Racquet
In case you haven’t heard, who am I kidding, of course you’ve heard. Roger Federer is swinging a new racquet! And it’s called the Wilson Pro Staff RF 97 Autograph. Not only does it have a new paint job, but more importantly, it has a larger head size than his old 90 square inch racquet. Bigger head size means less shanks, larger sweetspot, and more power. This new racquet has Federer playing like the Federer of old.

4. No Rafa
Here’s a fun fact for you: of the last 6 wins Rafa has had over Federer, only one has been on Rafa’s beloved clay. The rest were on hard courts. A 10-23 record pretty much says it all. If you liked that first fun fact, here’s another for you: Roger and Rafa have played each other 33 times and they’ve yet to play each other at the US Open. Guess we’ll have to wait at least 1 more year. The guys over at fivethirtyeight.com did a great write up about this.

3. Easy Draw
Federer’s potential QF matchup is with Grigor Dimitrov, aka, Baby Fed. Real Fed has never lost to Baby Fed. Yup, Roger is a perfect 1-0 against his Mini Me. And WHEN, not if, he makes it past Dimitrov, he gets David “Mr. Consistent” Ferrer. That should be a close, highly contested match considering that Ferrer is 0-16 lifetime against Federer. #sarcasm

2. Big Mo’ is wearing a Betterer tee.
Big mo’, or momentum, is definitely sitting in Roger’s box. In the last couple of months, Federer has made the final of Wimbledon, made the final of Toronto (Masters 1000) and most recently, won Cincinnati (Masters 1000). Someone call FDNY because Fed is on fire.

1. He’s Roger Freaking Federer
At the end of the day, this is the man whom many consider the GOAT. The greatest of all time. It doesn’t matter that he’s in his 30′s because A, technology has helped all athletes play further into their careers and B, he doesn’t get hurt because he moves like a ninja cat. Is that tough for me to admit as a major Rafa fan? Maybe a little. But I have to give it up to him because when it comes to playing and coming up big at the Majors, he has:

- Won 17 Grand Slam singles titles.
- Appeared in 25 single’s Grand Slam finals, including 10 in a row.*
- Made semi-finals of 23 consecutive Grand Slam events.*
- Made quarter-finals of 42 Grand Slams.*
- Reached the finals of every Grand Slam at least 5 times (the only man to do so).

*all time record

The last time Federer won here was in 2008. He's due.

The last time Federer won here was in 2008. He’s due.

So on September 8th, 2014, don’t be surprised when Roger Federer is the last one standing, holding his 18th Grand Slam title.

What do you think? Is Fed going to win it all this year?

Jason, TW