The Michelangelo of tennis painted his latest and greatest masterpiece last week at Roland Garros, becoming just the sixth man to ever complete the career grand-slam, Andre Agassi was the last to do so in 1999 at Roland Garros.
Federer cemented his place as the best ever since the open era, and that is the key because I do not know how you compare him to a Rod Laver, Roy Emerson or even Bill Tilden. Tennis was a much different game when those guys were playing. It would be like comparing Bart Starr to Joe Montana.
No player in tennis history has been as dominant and as consistent as Federer, he has been in the semifinals of 20 consecutive majors and 15 out 16 finals no player even comes close to this. Ivan Lendl is second with 10 consecutive semifinal appearances.
I know what your thinking how can he be the greatest all-time and not be the greatest of his generation, the argument that Nadal will end up having a better career is very premature. Nadal has yet to show that he can dominate multiple majors, he has only two other major wins besides his French Open titles. Federer has won five straight U.S Opens along with the five straight Wimbledons.
I not going to discount Nadal's spell over Federer 13-7 lifetime against Federer, but remember this Nadal is four years younger and has caught Federer on the decline while Nadal is entering his prime. For some reason that gets overlooked.
I question how long can Nadal be great even at 23 he showing signs of wearing down, and his physical grind it out style will not make it any easier for him to stay healthy. Federer's durability has never been in question.
There was a time when Federer's mental toughness was a question because of how easily he was winning majors, many wondered how he would handle adversity. At the French Open he demonstrated that he can win even win he is not at his best. Last year despite struggling with his conditioning because of mononucleosis he salvaged his year win his fifth straight US Open and three grand-slam final appearances.
Every tennis fan should enjoy watching Federer because there may never be another one like him, his dominance from the baseline and combination of clutch serving and precise volleying sets him apart from anyone who has ever picked up a racket.