Sunday, July 08, 2007

Federer Shows Why He is World's #1 [David Stefanini]

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Six years ago, a 19-year-old Swiss prodigy beat Pete Sampras in the fourth round here at Wimbledon. The five-set defeat prevented Sampras from winning his fifth consecutive title at the All England Club and, in retrospect, announced a challenge to his supremacy in men's tennis.

That prodigy was named Roger Federer.

On Sunday, a 21-year-old Spanish prodigy pushed Federer into another contentious five-set match -- his first in a Grand Slam final. Rafael Nadal was attempting to stop Federer from joining Bjorn Borg as the only man to win five straight Wimbledon titles and, not insignificantly, equaling Borg's and Rod Laver's achievement of 11 Grand Slam singles titles.

What else is there to say about Roger Federer. He is clearly the best tennis player in the world, and the most dominant athlete in any sport. Nobody has been this dominant since Michael Jordan. The difference here is Jordan had a team around him, Federer is one man. Every time Federer steps out on the court, he has to play better than the person opposing him. Jordan could have an off night and the Bulls still won, if Federer doesn't play good, he loses. This is what makes him so special. We should be grateful to be witnesses, because domination like this comes around once a lifetime.

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