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Is Federer now the G.O.A.T?

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We’ve heard what some of the great and good of tennis have said about Roger Federer’s achievements but can we now rank him as the best player ever to have picked up a racket? Here, Ossian Shine considers the arguments, while in the post below Miles Evans urges a spot of caution.

At first it looked as though the world’s tennis pundits were bickering about whether or not Roger Federer was a herbivorous bovid.

But what in fact was grabbing their goat was whether or not the Swiss phenomenon was the GOAT – or Greatest Of All Time.

The argument is likely to rage for years, or at least unless Federer grabs so many grand slam singles titles that he kills off the claim of his own hero Rod Laver.

Let’s not be so quick to crown Roger the Greatest

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federerlaverAny debate about the greatest player of all time in a given event is naturally laden with ‘what ifs’.

Roger Federer’s tearful victory in the French Open final on Sunday prompted an undignified queue of pundits and former players to conclude that the elegant Swiss was undoubtedly the best tennis had ever seen. But what if…

What the players say about Roger Federer

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federerWith the French Open trophy tucked under his arm at long last, it was job done for Roger Federer.

He now owns a record-equalling 14th grand slam crown and became only the sixth man to complete a career grand slam of the four majors.

Federer the great finally wins at Roland Garros

Roger Federer ended his French Open jinx when he swept past Swede Robin Soderling 6-1 7-6 6-4 in the final to clinch his first Roland Garros title on Sunday.

The Swiss equalled Pete Sampras’s record of 14 grand slam titles and became the sixth man to win all four major tournaments, sealing victory in just under two hours in cloudy conditions.

Murray may never find magic French formula … but so what?

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murrayDefine the perfect claycourt tennis player.

How about: The patient counter puncher who’s happy to trade blows from the baseline until his opponent makes an error then pounces with an angled drive or pinpoint passing shot.

But hang on a sec … Couldn’t that describe Andy Murray’s game? The player whose passive style has brought so much success on hardcourts and yet the same man who looks about as at home on a clay court as I do on the Cresta Run?

Murray handed awkward French Open draw

French Open third seed Andy Murray has been given a really tough first round opponent in Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Chela.

Just a couple of years ago Chela would have been the favourite to win on Roland Garros’s clay.

Wimbledon’s “break with tradition” gets Agassi thumbs up

 

The tennis blogosphere seems to have welcomed the new roof on Wimbledon’s centre court with open arms (see here, here and here for a taste), as did Andre Agassi when he was asked about his invitation to play at Sunday’s event.

Check out the video above to see what Agassi had to say, not just about Wimbledon, and click here for the thoughts of our tennis correspondent Pritha Sarkar.

Can anyone crack Rafael Nadal on clay?

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After only eight days into the 57-date European claycourt season, it seems as if only one name will be engraved on the French Open trophy this year.

Just as Robert Langdon dashed around the streets of Paris trying to solve the Da Vinci Code, the likes of Roger Federer and company have become obsessed with finding a way to crack Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros.

Serena survives scare as women’s tennis continues to enthral

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serenaSerena Williams just survived a real scare against China’s Li Na at the Sony Ericsson Open here at Key Biscayne, Miami. The world number one’s bid to reach her sixth title in this event hung in the balance during a second set tie-break after she had made a dreadful start losing the first set 6-4.

Serena won that tie break to two and then cruised through the third set for a hard-earned victory in intense Floridian heat but hers would not have been the first shock at this tournament.

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