Roger Federer is the last great attacking tennis player of his time. He is the link from the early Open Era’s classic attack game to the modern era’s more defensive baseline bashing.
Tennis is not immune to time’s constant changes. It ushers in new versions of technology, conditions and athletes. What was once a champion’s standard for success can fade to obsolescence, leaving golden memories and digital arguments. Few adapt to win champions across generations.
Eleven years ago, Federer outplayed Pete Sampras at Wimbledon with the serve-and-volley formula considered the best chance for success at the time.
Three months ago, he outdueled Andy Murray at Wimbledon with his tremendous forehand and shot selection that produced 62 winners in an extraordinary performance of grass baseline play.
Federer’s extended greatness hangs on his versatility, but how does he rate against the greatest attacking players of all time?