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Poll: Is Roger Federer the greatest tennis player of all time?

The 30-year-old added to his legend with Wimbledon win number seven but Rafa and Rod might have qualms with ‘best ever’ claims.

Roger Federer cradles his seventh Wimbledon title.
Roger Federer cradles his seventh Wimbledon title.
Image: EMPICS Sport

IN CASE THERE was any doubt about the legacy Roger Federer will leave to the game of tennis once he retires, the Swiss maestro won his seventh Wimbledon title on Sunday.

Federer, who turns 31 next month, was without a Grand Slam win since winning the Australian Open in 2010 but was in dominant form to defeat Andy Murray in four sets.

He now has 17 Grand Slam wins to his name and has returned to the top of the world rankings.

Retired tennis player Conor Niland, from Ireland, declared on Newstalk on Monday morning that there could be no doubt now that Federer was the greatest grass-court player of all time.

He added that Rafael Nadal, who is four years younger than Federer and winner of 11 Grand Slams, could justifiably claim to be the best ever player on clay. The Spaniard has seven French Open wins to his name.

The next closest to Federer, in terms of wins at tennis majors, is Pete Sampras (14) and Roy Emerson (12).

Rod Laver is a man spoken about in revered tones by many that saw him play. The Australian has 11 Grand Slam wins and won several major titles in his days as a tennis amateur.

What do you think?


Poll Results:

Roger Federer (1129)
Rod Laver (644)
Rafa Nadal (179)
Pete Sampras (93)
Other (61)
Roy Emerson (50)






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