For 237 weeks Roger Federer was untouchable. Roger Federer was at the top of his sport from February 2004 to August 2008. When you really break it down there is no way you can consider anybody other than Roger Federer the number one athlete from 2004 to 2008 and holds the record for Most Consecutive Weeks as the World’s No. 1 Tennis Player.
Jimmy Connors held the WTA No. 1 ranking for 160 consectuive weeks. Steffi Graf held the woman’s No. 1 spot for 186 consecutive weeks. And then way, way, way ahead of the pack is Roger Federer with his nearly unfathomable record of 237 consecutive weeks as the top player.
Roger is arguably the best in his current generaration. He has a positive record with 80% of the current top 10 tennis professionals, although greats such as Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras where at the climax of their careers when Roger burst onto the scene it does not mean that Federer had easy competition, Nadal, Djokovic etc are all great players but Federer has beaten all of them. Rafael Nadal is the only person that comes remotely close to matching Federer’s domination in the CURRENT genaration, when Nadal won his first grand slam Roger had already won the four majors but since they have both been active in winning grand slams, Federer leads 12-10 against Rafal.
At the age of 30, what is Federer doing is good. He is the eldest person in the top rank. Tennis is a physically challenging game. At age of 30 or more what will be the fate of Nadal and other new stars, we have to wait to see it. If you analyze, you will see that age between 23 to 28 is the prime time for almost all tennis players. All great players had dominated tennis at this rang of age. Nadal or others are 25 or younger….but federer is 30. How can you compare them.
At the age of 25 or 26 fed also won 3 GS in one year and it happened for 3 times, This year Nadal was defeated by Novak at all surfaces! If I say novak is a batter clay court player than Nadal because he beat Nadal on clay then what will be the opinion of Nadal fans! Yes its difficult! A tennis player has three stages in his professional career..1. When he learns to play 2. He become matured and dominant 3. He grew older and older and at last he retire. Some greats still stay at top rank at this last stage. Federer is leaving the second stage. But Nadal and other are still at the earlier 2 stages.
He has reached at the top level of the glory of tennis. He has nothing to achieve more. What he is doing now, is a great pleasure for all to see this legend playing. It is a good luck for all those people who beat Federer, it is a gift for them. We couldn’t see big bill tilden, laver, emerson, roswell, connors, borg and even some people couldn’t see samprass live…..but there is no regret….we are still watching the greatest player of all time ROGER FEDERER!!!!