Federer Is Still the Man: Anniversary of Roger as Numero Uno

delete accountContributor IIIFebruary 12, 2012

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 26:  Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a backhand in his semifinal match against Rafael Nadal of Spain during day eleven of the 2012 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 26, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
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Does the date Feb. 2, 2004 mean anything to you? It should for all of the Federites out there. That was the day that Roger Federer became world No. 1 for the first time, and he continued on until Aug 17, 2008, until some Spaniard came and knocked him off his podium.

No matter what as happened with the Swiss's career over the last few years, we know that he will always be the best player to ever pick up a tennis racquet. I am thankful to have been alive during his career, witnessing the highs and the lows.

No one can be 100 percent all the time, and that is something we tend to forget. When we watch these players, we have to remember that they are still only human and that humans are only capable of doing so much at a time—though I have to admit, I have never thought of Federer as a human being.

It is true that Federer is no longer world No. 1, but to me and the rest of the Federer fanatics, he will always be our No. 1. It's rather amazing and even daunting when you look at the achievements that he has made. I looked up the facts on the official ATP World Tour website and the achievements dating back to 1998.

To commemorate this February month to Mr. Federer, I applaud him for everything that he has done for tennis. I have never seen, and I doubt I will ever see it done again, that a single person can bring so many people from so many nations together into a family.

We love you Roger.

To look at the facts check out the official website: http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2012/01/Features/Federer-Career-Highlights-Through-1000-Matches.aspx