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From the 2010 Australian Open till now, Roger Federer has gone through a rough patch. He lost his No. 1 ranking to Nadal that year, squandered match points to Djokovic in consecutive US Open semi-finals and 2011 marked the first year since 2002 that the Swiss did not win a major.
Many held the belief that the 30 year-old was nearing the end of his dominant career, with the likes of Martina Navratilova openly stating that it was “difficult to see” Federer reclaiming the top spot. Well how wrong did she prove to be? Federer’s victory on Sunday not only sees him reclaim the No. 1 ranking but it also wins him a 17th Grand Slam.
Unsurprisingly, this has once again reignited the “greatest ever” debate. Is Federer the greatest player of all-time? Rod Laver is a person that must get sick of all these questions. In fact, he has had differing views on numerous occasions. In the past, he has said that you cannot compare eras. However, Laver recently stated: “Roger Federer certainly is my claim to be the best of all time if there is such a thing.”
For the time being, Federer has tightened his grip for the “greatest ever” title. 17 Grand Slams and 286 weeks at No. 1 are tough to go past when evaluating past and present players. However, if Nadal remains healthy, he too can challenge for that title. Although his results are less superior than Federer’s, he has won an Olympic Gold Medal in singles and won the Davis Cup, two things Federer is yet to accomplish. Being five years younger than Federer will also help his cause.