Roger Federer’s record Grand Slam total for men is almost certain to be beaten by Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, but that won’t change the impact he has had on the history of the sport.
Before Federer, Nadal and Djokovic rose to the top, it was Pete Sampras and Rod Laver that were considered the greatest ever.
Perhaps in the most telling statement of all, the latter, who won all four Grand Slam titles in 1969 on his way to 11, paid tribute to Federer earlier this year which shows how highly he rates the veteran.
“My thought is Roger Federer is the best player in the world,” he told tennis.com.
“Yes, I’ve had a good career but I don’t think it matches up with anything that Roger has accomplished.”