With a record-tying seventh Wimbledon title, Roger Federer secured his spot as the best tennis player of all time.
He already has the most grand slam titles, with 17, and obviously the 30-year-old Federer still has some left in the tank.
After he defeated Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday, Federer etched his name in the record books at Wimbledon alongside Pete Sampras and William Renshaw.
Federer has shown longevity and brilliance during his career and should be heralded as the best tennis player in the game.
Despite his age, as 30 is old for a tennis great, Federer maintains an extraordinary high level of play. By capturing the 2012 Wimbledon title, he ended a drought that had lasted over two years.
He also earned back the No. 1 ranking in the process and will undoubtedly tie another record – 286 weeks as the top-ranked player, with Sampras.
Sampras had high praise for Federer and says he still could win more titles.
"He doesn't want to stop now," Sampras said to Associated Press. "He knows he's going to continue to play well and try to break seven, and he could very well end up with eight or nine Wimbledons. He's a great champion, a classy champion, and I'm really happy for him."
With eight or nine Wimbledon titles, Federer would surely etch his name in the record book, but he has already attained the reputation of being the best to ever play.
Sampras is truly Federer’s only competition historically at this point, and Federer’s numbers speak for themselves.
Regardless of his titles, Federer also boasts a number of accolades, compared to Sampras.
He is the only player to win two different Grand Slam titles for five consecutive years, as he captured the US Open (2004-2008) and Wimbledon (2003-2007) titles.
Federer has also collected his titles in fewer matches played than Sampras. Federer captured his first 16 titles in 27 majors whereas Sampras collected his 14 in 45 majors.
Furthermore, he is the only player to reach all four Grand Slam finals in the same season three times. Rod Laver is the only man to do it twice, yet Federer did it three times in four years.
Federer possesses a very impressive resume of wins, but his elegant play and style should put him among the all-time greats.
The fact that Federer can play on all surfaces is not only a testament to his ability, but to his versatility. He can win in a number of distinct ways, and with his extensive talent the opposition is simply helpless.
Former player Jimmy Connors summed it up about Federer’s dominance, when he said, “In an era of specialists – you’re either a clay court specialist, a grass court specialist or a hard court specialist — or you’re Roger Federer.”
Another point to make concerning Federer is the fact that he has had an arch rival at times in both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. By competing against other greats, he has shown how dominant he truly is.
He sports a 15-12 record against Djokovic and recently beat him in the Wimbledon semifinal. As for Nadal, Federer is only 10-18 against him, yet half of those matches have been played on clay, where Nadal has made his name.
Nonetheless, Federer has been the premier player throughout the rise of other great players. According to SI, Nadal ranks as the fourth best player ever. Nadal may approach Federer’s record of 17 titles someday, but at this point, the top spot belongs to Federer.
And Federer looks like he’s not giving up that spot anytime soon.