News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Given to Fly

January 28, 2007

Given to Fly: It’s clear that Roger Federer is a genius

No tennis player right now compares to Roger Federer. No athlete in any sport is at the top of his or her game like Federer is now.

He won’t tell you about it like Muhammad Ali, but Federer is 25 years old and he’s The Greatest. Some say a genius.

“I mean, look, I guess I’m the best tennis player in the world,” Federer said after taking down Fernando Gonzalez in straight sets Sunday, 7-6, 6-4, 6-4, becoming the first player since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to run through a Grand Slam without losing a set. “You can call me a genius because I’m outplaying many of my opponents, kind of maybe playing a bit different, you know, winning when I’m not playing my best. All of that maybe means a little bit of that. So it’s nice.”

The best of all time though, while still up for debate, is inevitable. He’s won 10 majors since the middle of 2003. Pete Sampras’ all-time mark of 14 is within easy reach; like most shots opponents try to bring at him, he glides to the ball with ease and finds the perfect shot.

To put his recent wins in majors in perspective, Sampras won his 14 Grand Slam titles in a span of 13 years. If Bjorn Borg didn’t retire at 26, the Swede probably would have extended his 11 Grand Slam titles in an eight-year period. The great Australian Roy Emerson took 12 slam titles in seven years. Federer is likely to surpass 12 within the next year.

Maybe Federer hasn’t had a top rival to contend with as Sampras did with Andre Agassi or Connors with John McEnroe. Critics have said the same of Tiger Woods. Then Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson stepped up their games. Other players will begin to challenge Federer like Gonzalez did Sunday, the 26-year-old Chilean nearly taking the opening set Sunday.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Given to Fly
Latest News Poll
AP Video
Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Gaza Truce Unravels; Israel, Hamas Trade Blame Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Four Rescued From Crashed Plane Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Today in History for August 1st Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot US, UN Announce Deal on Gaza Cease-Fire LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors
NDN Video
Under Armour Launches Biggest Women's Campaign with Inspiring Ad NYPD chokehold death of Eric Garner was homicide: medical examiner Christina Aguilera Pulls a Demi Moore! Man with no arms throws first pitch Chapter Two: Composing for a film in retirement Is Justin Bieber Dating a Model? Guardians of the Galaxy (Trailer) 'Sharknado 2:' Hottest Memes Surfing The Net Snoop Dogg Narrating Animal Footage Is Perfect Raw: Obama Gets Hug From Special Olympian Recapping a Blockbuster MLB Trade Deadline Tigers Acquire David Price - @TheBuzzeronFOX Russell Brand Slams Sean Hannity Over Gaza Conflict Segment Woman's Dive Goes Terribly Wrong Brian Williams Reports on Daughter Allison Williams' 'Peter Pan' Casting News Did Jimmy Fallon Look Up Heidi Klum's Dress? What Drama? Miranda Kerr Poses Topless Plane crashes in San Diego Costco parking lot Justin Bieber Takes To Instagram To Diss Orlando Bloom You Won't Believe the Celeb Cameos in "Sharknado 2"

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -


    March 12, 2010