Today in a Wimbledon quarterfinal match, Roger Federer has basically sealed his fate as the greatest male tennis player to step on the grass court of the All-England Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England and ANY tennis court for that matter.
Today RF had a thrilling five set comeback victory over Marin Cilic. RF dropped the first set 6-7 (7-4) and the second set 6-4, needless to say all hope was lost. Down two sets to love, in a best three of five sets, the common man just does not comeback from that. This is what Federer wanted you to think. Coming into this tournament nobody really knew how he would play, mostly due to the torn meniscus he suffered during a semifinal defeat to Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open in late January. Federer at age 34 isn’t getting any younger and with the recent dominance of Novak Djokovic (Four straight major championship wins), also a previous loss to Cilic in the U.S. Open semifinal of 2014 it looked as if all hope for the once face of tennis was gone. Then it happened. Federer roars back in the 3rd set taking it 6-3, the tides of momentum were turning. After a brutally long tiebreaker in the fourth set Federer survived 7-6, winning the tiebreak 11-9. This set up a winner take all fifth set, just what everybody on Centre Court wanted, except Cilic. Federer came out in that fifth set, shouting, roaring up the crowd, which is extremely uncommon for a sudden man such as RF. He won the fifth set 6-3, after breaking Cilic twice in the final set it was all over. Oh and during this comeback win RF saved three match points, thus cementing his legacy as the greatest male tennis player ever and the greatest to ever play on the grass surface as well.
The numbers speak for themselves; Seventeen Grand Slam singles titles including: four Australian Opens, five U.S. Opens, One French Open (archenemy Rafael Nadal is the only reason for this), and a record-tying seven Wimbledon titles (tied with Pete Sampras), which five of them came consecutively. He tied Jimmy Connors for most match wins at Wimbledon with 84 and with the career 88 Single titles (3rd most ever by a single male). When you get the people of Great Britain to cheer for you as loud as their own, that is when you know the memory you will leave with this people is truly something special. there’s no more room for discussion this man is the GOAT. Milos Raonic better take a deep breath and a good look at the grass court he steps on for his semifinal match against RF because it will be his last match at Wimbledon for almost a year. Long live Federer.