Roger Federer has perhaps the most elegant all-court game in the history of tennis. Hall of Famer John McEnroe has gushed about Federer's lithe court movement. The late novelist David Foster Wallace called watching Federer's game a "religious experience,"
Statistically, Federer has the resume for the "best ever" title. His sixteen grand-slam titles are the most in the Open Era. He has won the most grand slam contests of all time. His five consecutive U.S. Open titles, also a record. For you tennis-stat junkies, here are more of Federer's gaudy accomplishments .
And yet, for all of his game's divine artistry, for all of Federer's statistical prowess, they still don't make him the best in the game. Here are a few reasons why, many of which are out of Federer's control: