The best thing about him is that he doesn’t seem to care, or at least doesn’t show that he cares much. He hardly has any pressure on his shoulders. As a human being and as a tennis player, he has already established himself to be the greatest personality to play the game, whose empathy and rational approach are commendable and an example to follow for generations to come. He has not only won matches, but he has also won friends, admirers, and millions of hearts.
However, there is one possibility that cannot be ruled out and that can turn the whole debate around on its head. If and I repeat If Roger Federer surprises himself and shocks the world by winning another Grand Slam at the age of 41, he would have stamped himself as the Greatest ever irrespective of the statistics that may follow.
Even Novak with most weeks as Number 1 or year-end number 1’s, Nadal with most Grand Slams, will not matter. Federer’s adverse head-to-head records with his rivals or any other record would not count if he can manage just one more major that could see Roger carve his legacy and beat both contenders to deserve being hailed as the Greatest of All Time. So let’s wait and see how 2022 unfolds.
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