There were so many questions going into the French Open this year, like “will Rafa lose a set?” and “which half will Djokovic be in?” and “Roger’s win in Madrid was a fluke, wasn’t it?”
Only the bravest Fed Fanatics were willing to raise their hands and ask, in embarrassed tones usually reserved for asking teacher for a potty break:
“So why can’t Roger win Roland Garros this year?”
Turns out he could. And now that this question is answered, another one is, too:
Roger Federer IS the Greatest Of All Time.
And it’s not just John McEnroe who’s saying it.
Pete Sampras: “Now that he’s won in Paris, I think it just more solidifies his place in history as the greatest player that played the game.”
Andy Roddick via Twitter: “That’s an unreal accomplishment and puts and end to the GOAT question in my humble opinion.”
Legend Roy Emerson (another career Slammer): “I believe he is [the greatest]. Now that he’s won a major on all surfaces, you can’t really argue with it.”
Roger Federer (via The Telegraph): “I don’t know if we’ll ever know who is the greatest of all-time, but I’m very proud to be up there. How well did I do? Good, great, very great or medium, I don’t know. It’s for others to decide.”
Roger answered some other big questions at Monday’s post-tournament press conference in Paris.
Can he win another RG title?:
“I’m sure I’m going to enjoy Paris even more in the future. Because the pressure is off, and everything that comes now here is going to be much more fun.”
Can he keep this up?
“I can’t answer the question if I’ll be able to continue playing well, but I don’t see a reason why not. I’m in great shape. I’m motivated. I’m hungry to play, and I’m excited to be becoming a dad and seeing Mirka happy and the baby happy. I’m sure it’s only going to help me play good tennis.”
What will keep him motivated, given all his success?
“Pleasure and desire before everything. Now I can play freely. What am I still missing in my list of achievements? More Grand Slams, of course. But also a gold medal in singles at the Olympics. The Davis Cup is also in the future. It will become more clear after Wimbledon, The U.S. Open and the birth of my child. I have nothing to prove.” (translated from French via Tribune de Geneve)
And who does Roger think is the favorite for the Wimbledon title?
“I do think I’m the favorite actually with the success I’ve had and how close I came again last year.”
So there you have it, Roger Federer is the man who has everything – including all the answers.
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