జూన్ 12, 2009

Roger Federer: French Connection

Posted in Men in News at 11:11 ఉద. by వసుంధర

Winning the Australian, French, Wimbledon and the US titles is the grand slam of tennis. Many aspire to achieve a career grand slam though grand slam in a calendar year could be their dream. With 13 grand slam titles under his belt, Roger Federer impressed one and all as one of the greatest exponents of tennis. Only the French Championship eluded him, which he clinched recently as his 14th grand slam title to complete a career grand slam. He now equals the highest tally of grand slam titles along with Pete Sampras giving rise to the debate whether he is the greatest among the greatest.
It is difficult to brush aside the likes of Rod Laver while looking for the greatest among the greatest. Laver achieved calendar year grand slams twice. He became a professional after the first achievement and was not allowed to participate in grand slam events. When the ban on professionals was lifted after 4 years, he achieved another calendar year grand slam. Setting aside comparisons between eras, Federer undoubtedly is the greatest among the present crop. His exploits point to his all time great status even without the French connection.

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