Roger Federer is the greatest male tennis player ever but where does he rate compared to Muhammad Ali?

ROGER FEDERER. The greatest sporting dad in historical past? The greatest male tennis player ever? The greatest athlete of all time?

In all probability. Definitely. Arguably.

 Roger Federer is proving age is just a number, and continues to play at the top of his game

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Roger Federer is proving age is only a quantity, and continues to play at the prime of his recreation
 Is Roger Federer the greatest sportsperson ever? He is certainly right up there...

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Is Roger Federer the greatest sportsperson ever? He is definitely proper up there…
 Roger Federer, pictured here with the Wimbledon title back in 2003 - the first of his EIGHT titles at the All England club

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Roger Federer, pictured right here with the Wimbledon title again in 2003 – the first of his EIGHT titles at the All England membership
 And Murray says he hopes his young child will know what 'daddy' did for living. Playing in an era with Roger Federer and Serena Williams should help

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And Murray says he hopes his younger youngster will know what 'daddy' did for dwelling. Enjoying in an period with Roger Federer and Serena Williams ought to assist

Andy Murray, 31 in Might, says he hopes to keep it up enjoying lengthy sufficient for his elder daughter Sophia, who will flip two this month, to perceive what daddy did for a dwelling.

For Federer, 36, that mission is already completed.

Myla Rose and Charlene Riva, the first set of twins born to him and spouse Mirka, will have fun their ninth birthdays later this yr, whereas similar boys Lenny and Leo will probably be 4 in Might.

The boys particularly stole loads of hearts as they and their sisters watched dad have fun his document-breaking eighth Wimbledon win final yr.

 Serena Williams is undoubtedly a legend of tennis - and after giving birth, shows no signs of letting up

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Serena Williams is undoubtedly a legend of tennis – and after giving delivery, exhibits no indicators of letting up
 Serena Williams has now won 23 Grand Slam titles, a truly phenomenal achievement

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Serena Williams has now gained 23 Grand Slam titles, a very phenomenal achievement

But you bought an concept of the army-fashion logistics wanted to hold Swiss Household Federer on the street in the event you have been sitting on the press room balcony which is conveniently located en route to the gamers’ restaurant and garden.

Previous they marched, completely in step, eyes entrance – Mirka, the youngsters and three environment friendly-wanting nannies, a mannequin of self-discipline and effectivity.

It is unclear whether or not the youngsters have been in Australia for dad’s most up-to-date triumph.

I definitely didn’t see them as Staff Federer went via Gate eleven at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport.

But as all the time, in Melbourne Federer made some extent of thanking his missus for permitting him to go on enjoying tennis, travelling the world and leaving her (and the employees!) to take care of the little ones.

Mirka doesn’t all the time appear to be she’s having fun with it, but she have to be a robust, succesful and supportive lady, even with all the benefits that include being married to somebody as wealthy as Roger.

But don’t underestimate the sacrifice made and the guilt felt by Federer.

To be an elite athlete requires a sure sort of selfishness, it’s true.

 Pele is regarded by many as the best footballer to have ever lived

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Pele is regarded by many as the greatest footballer to have ever lived
 Pele won three World Cups and terrorised players from all over the world

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Pele gained three World Cups and terrorised gamers from throughout the world
 The Brazilian footie legend is heralded by many as one of the greatest sportsmen ever

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The Brazilian footie legend is heralded by many as one in every of the greatest sportsmen ever

But to spend time practising, flying to tournaments and enjoying when you might be together with your youngsters is not one thing most fathers would do frivolously.

When it comes to tennis, can we begin arguing about this now?

Sure, it’s exhausting and doubtless pointless making an attempt to examine gamers throughout eras.

But when Rod Laver, the solely male tennis star ever to win all 4 Grand Slams in a single yr, says Federer is the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time), then who’re we to argue?

Laver, seventy nine, had his digital camera telephone out in the stands of the courtroom named after him final month as a result of even he needed to document the second Federer lifted his twentieth Grand Slam trophy.

Rocket Rod says Federer’s variety of titles, his lovely enjoying type and his size of time at the prime of the tennis rankings swing the debate decisively his means.

Federer might have dropping data towards nearest rival Rafael Nadal (sixteen Slams) and Novak Djokovic (12), whose elbow damage appears to have scuppered his hopes of closing the hole on the Spaniard not to mention the Swiss.

But the ultimate in Melbourne was the 59th males’s singles showdown in a sequence which begins together with his first last, at Wimbledon in 2003. He’s gained of 20 these – or 34 per cent.

With 10 extra last appearances, Federer has been in fifty one per cent of the largest matches in his sport.

And of the 200 Grand Slam males’s singles occasions since tennis went skilled in 1968, he has gained 10 per cent. It’s unimaginable, it’s unrepeatable, it’s unbeatable.

So where does Federer slot in the pantheon of all-time sporting greats?

The identical method of success, fashion and longevity has to apply.

But for all-spherical sporting greatness, you want extra.

 He titled himself 'The Greatest' - and few would disagree that Muhammad Ali was just that

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He titled himself 'The Greatest' – and few would disagree that Muhammad Ali was simply that
 Muhammad won as many fans for what he did out of the ring as for what he did in it

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Muhammad gained as many followers for what he did out of the ring as for what he did in it

You want to transcend your sport, to turn into an icon even amongst those that don’t in any other case care about what sort of ball you play with or what you do.

Federer has achieved that. He has come to embody tennis appropriately performed in an identical means to Pele in soccer.

I’d put the two of them on a par now, maybe with Federer barely forward.

In any case, Pele had 10 different gamers on the pitch, together with another superstars of the recreation, to assist him fulfil his potential.

Federer is on his personal on the courtroom.

The one sporting figures who, for me, could possibly be considered exceeding Federer in stature are Serena Williams and Muhammad Ali.

 This stunnink knockout of Sonny Liston has seen Muhammad Ali immortalised on posters all around the world

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This stunnink knockout of Sonny Liston has seen Muhammad Ali immortalised on posters throughout the world
 When tensions were high in heavyweight boxing, Muhammad Ali really was the king of the ring

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When tensions have been excessive in heavyweight boxing, Muhammad Ali actually was the king of the ring

If Williams comes again from having her first youngster to win at the least yet one more Slam title and so equal Margaret Courtroom’s all-time document of 24, then Father Fed can be put in his place considerably.

And though it’s not Federer’s fault that he was born into a fairly nicely-off white household in affluent Switzerland, he can’t maintain a candle to Williams as a trailblazer.

Straight Outta Compton, she has redefined what a feminine tennis player, a black tennis player, a feminine athlete and a black athlete is and could be.

Her success has social and political resonance, and she or he is not afraid of claiming so and talking up for herself and people to whom she is a hero.

Federer, for all his brilliance, is much less of a trailblazer and revolutionary.

 SunSport is of the opinion that Muhammad Ali has claims to be the greatest sportsperson of all time

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SunSport is of the opinion that Muhammad Ali has claims to be the greatest sportsperson of all time

But even Williams would certainly concede that Ali stand alone as the greatest sportsman or lady in historical past.

Whereas Williams has had to overcome a double dose of prejudice, racial and sexist, Ali was lively in much more troubled occasions.

He misplaced years of his profession as a result of he refused to battle in Vietnam and his struggles towards the institution got here when America was in turmoil due to the civil rights motion and the forces opposed to it.

Ali was a removed from flawless man and the conflicted emotions many people have in having fun with boxing have been challenged massively by his wrestle with Parkinson’s Illness.

But that second when he lit the flame at the opening ceremony of the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 is arguably the strongest in the historical past of sport.

Standing there, his arm holding the torch trembling, Ali symbolised a lot greater than boxing.

So nice as Federer is, he stays a rung under The Greatest.

ROGER FEDERER. The greatest sporting dad in historical past? The greatest male tennis player ever? The greatest athlete of all time?

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