Wimbledon 2012: Federer Showed Why He's the Greatest of All Time

Tommy Keeler@@tkeelernvd and @nectar737Correspondent IIIJuly 9, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 08:  Seven time Wimbledon Men's Champion Roger Federer attends the Wimbledon Championships 2012 Winners Ball at the InterContinental Park Lane Hotel on July 8, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Roger Federer is once again on top of the tennis world.

I will be the first to admit that I doubted whether he could win another major, and I definitely didn't think he would be No. 1 in the world again. However, I'm glad he proved me wrong.

At Wimbledon, he showed why he's the greatest player of all time. The thing I love most about his Wimbledon win was he showed how much it meant to him to get to the top and that he still had the fire to win.

At 30-years-old, Federer could have just faded and been okay with being the third-best player, losing in the semis all the time. Instead, he showed that he's out there to win slams. He wasn't going to give up, no matter how bad things looked.

There's no question he could win more slams, and he's raised the bar in the men's game. For the last couple of years, the talk has been about the "Big Three" or the "Big Four," but in reality, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have dominated when it comes to slams. Now Federer has shown he's truly right there with them, and the ball is in Djokovic and Nadal's court.

How will Djokovic and Nadal respond to this? Nadal has to be reeling after his second-round loss, and Djokovic is certainly not the player he was last year. Federer has taken back his top spot, and it will be up to other two to take it back from him. I think Nadal will be motivated and will have a strong finish to the year, but we'll have to see how it turns out.

We also cannot forget Andy Murray. He made great strides at Wimbledon, and I do think he is on the verge of winning a major. He could truly make this a "Big Four" with a win at the U.S. Open. That would give us four different slam champions in one year and be great for the game.

Either way, things are about to get really interesting in men's tennis. No one has established themselves as the main man in men's tennis this year, and the rest of the year will help determine who is truly the top dog right now.

After Wimbledon, the one thing I know for sure is you can't ever count out the greatest champion of all time.