Roger Federer is unanimously recognized as one of the greatest players of all time. Apart from his impressive career, the Swiss champion has also contributed to increasing the popularity of tennis in all corners of the planet.
The former ATP No. 1 has faced a real challenge over the past two seasons as he finds himself sidelined by a serious right knee injury. The 40-year-old Basel player has played just 13 official games in 2021 and has had to undergo three operations in 18 months.
The king played his last match at Wimbledon 2021, suffering an emphatic defeat at the hands of Hubert Hurkac in the quarter-finals. Barring further unforeseen circumstances, the Maestro should return to the Laver Cup, which will be held at London’s O2 Arena from September 23 to 25.
In a lengthy interview with ‘Punto de Break’, Guillermo Perez named Federer the greatest of all time. The Swiss legend has won 103 singles titles, including 20 Grand Slams, 28 Masters 1000s and 6 ATP Finals.
Perez reflects on Roger Federer
“There is no discussion, Roger Federer,” Perez said.
“But … each of them (Federer, Nadal, Djokovic) is the greatest champion of all time. They endured four generations. (Bjorn) Borg endured a generation; (Pete) Sampras conquered the old and conquered the new. These guys won. Four generations!”
They’re going to take the bat to the field, and they’re going to keep batting. They are bosses.” Rafael Nadal has become a perfect example on the tennis court. The 22-time Grand Slam champion has proven time and again that with courage and determination, one can achieve his goals.
Take the Australian Open earlier this year for example. In Nadal’s autobiography, Tony describes how his niece was a well-behaved child growing up. He said, “Respect for other people, regardless of who they may be or what they may do, is the starting point of everything.
It is unacceptable that people who have experienced everything in life should behave with other people. No, the higher you are, the greater your obligation to treat people with respect. If my nephew came the other way, if he had a grudge in court, if he had a grudge against his opponents, I would hate him for the whole world to watch on TV.
Or for that matter being rude to referees or fans. I always say, and his parents do, that it’s more important to be a good person than a good player.