Roger Federer has taken his place in the all-time great list in the sport, according to former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli despite coming up short of winning Grand Slams in recent years.
Bartoli, who represented France in her pro career but resides in Switzerland, Federer’s home country, stated that Federer’s past accomplishments is enough for the Swiss Maestro to be considered one of the greatest
“You cannot possibly say that for someone who has won 17 Grand Slams. Roger Federer will always be one of the greatest, maybe the greatest. He is probably the greatest tennis champion of all time,” Bartoli said to IANS via the Times of India when asked about Federer.
“The things he has managed to accomplish and the level to which he has taken the game is amazing. When he is playing, his style is so flawless and beautiful. It is almost like a ballet when he is playing. If I watch Federer’s match on television, I cannot even switch it off.”
Bartoli won the 2013 Wimbledon Championship for the lone Grand Slam title in her career. She beat Sabine Lisicki of Germany in the final, 6-1 6-4 of that tournament.
Federer has remained one of the elite players in the tour but has not won a Grand Slam title since winning the 2012 Wimbledon Championships. Federer has made three Grand Slam finals (2014 and 2015 Wimbledon and 2015 US Open) but has lost all championship matches to rival and current World No. 1 Novak Djokovic.
“But if you are 33 or 34 is it tougher to compete against someone like Novak Djokovic? Yes, definitely. But that’s just due to human nature. You cannot say that Djokovic is a superior. He is younger, so he can play for longer,” Bartoli added referencing to Djokovic’s recent dominance of Federer.
However, Federer is still performing better compared to his other peers, particularly Rafael Nadal of Spain who has completely struggled the last two ATP seasons and in the opening Grand Slam tournament of the year, the 2016 Australian Open with a first round exit.
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