Roger Federer: My Records Will Be Broken
by Tom Gainey | February 25th, 2019, 8:33 pm
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Asked in Dubai if he felt players like Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic might break his records, Roger Federer said his achievements are certainly in jeopardy. And if they don’t break them, someone else will.

“Since a long time, yes,” he said of Nadal and Djokovic threatening his records. “This is not new.

“As the surfaces get more equal, everybody can pile up more Grand Slam wins, like I did. It was the reason for me probably to pass Sampras by having the surfaces be more equal.

“My records will be broken anyway,” he said. “Back in the ’70s, I don’t think players were playing for records. Maybe now players are playing for records. Naturally it’s going to depend also on how much they care about that record. If they care about it, they’ll play for longer, other than just retiring. You don’t want to beat up your body too much.

“They’ve been doing amazing things for many years now. That’s why they’re in the position that they are. I wish them the best to achieve all they want to do. I’m still playing, so I hope I still also have something left in the tank.”

Nadal with 17 and Djokovic with 15 could pass Federer’s record 20 Slam titles sometime next year. And Djokovic, who turns 32 in May, is just a little over year from going ahead of Federer in total weeks at No. 1. Federer is currently at 310, Djokovic 240.

This week, Federer is seeking a 100th career title, a mark that Djokovic and Nadal will be hard-pressed to reach. Djokovic is at 73 and would need to average five or so a year for the next five years.

Nadal, who has 80, will have to win at least five for the next four years. But can those to play into their last 30s? If they do, more of Federer’s records will fall.


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14 Comments for Roger Federer: My Records Will Be Broken

Rahul Says:

Djokovic gonna break grandslam record, total weeks at No.1, ATP finals record as well. Nadal not last two. Djokovic already have more masters than Federer. Also Djokovic with better h2h with both. It’s just a matter of 2 years so we can have an official GOAT in tennis finally. Djokovic.
Federer is having losing h2h against both.


chrisford1 Says:

Some of Federer’s records will fall. Some will remain. I don’t see anyone breaking his 23 straight Slam semis reached, the consecutive Slam tile marks he got in the weak era 2003-2007. Same with Rafa and 11-13 Roland Garros titles or his clay winning percent or his dominance of all players on tour except Davydenko and Djokovic. And Djokovic will have many things no other player could match or likely will in the future when he is done. Novak’s greatest mark of excellence is that he is in the top 5 in winning percent on all surfaces, and indoors and outdoors in the Open Era. No one else is in the top 10 on those 5 different court conditions.

I sense fans are moving past the simplistic GOAT/Slamcount debate to saying a player has other achievements past Slam trophies that have to be counted in. And I sense that no Fed fan, no Rafa fan, no Novak fan will ever say one of the other guys is GOAT – and they will have good arguments why.
I will just say that I am amazed at the stuff Fed can still do at 37. His genius. And proud that Rafa Nadal came and elevated the sport in matters of mind and heart being as important as physical tennis skills. And my guy Djokovic for being nearly supernatural when he entered Serbinator Mode a couple dozen times, or the times he was so zoned in on return of serve. (Pros live and die their serve and many a player nodded when Jo Tsonga declared Djokovic an extraterrestrial )- “No human can do what Novak did on my serve today – an extraterrestial space alien..yes…and Andy Murray maybe one too.”


fionski Says:

If the players were still playing with wooden racquets it is doubtful if Djokovic or Nadal would have
won many Slams, if any. You cannot compare across different eras just by records. We can only judge a player by talent, but there are only two players still alive you can judge the most talented player of the last 70 years. They are Ken Rosewall and Rod Laver.


skeezer Says:

“I sense fans are moving past the simplistic GOAT/Slamcount debate….”
The force is weak with this one lol.


Wog Boy Says:

Andre Aggasi:

“Numbers can’t be the only criterion.”

Few day ago from Agassis’s interview:
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So who do you think is the GOAT?

This is the discussion for sports. How do you define it? We tend to define it in this day and age as numbers, but I can make arguments why numbers don’t matter. I mean Borg stopped at 26 after 11 Grand Slams, six French, five Wimbledons back to back for five years, almost won it the sixth year and he didn’t play 10 Australian Opens when it was on grass. He played one time. So, who knows, but he didn’t care about playing Australia. (Ivan) Lendl didn’t play three French Opens because he wanted to win one Wimbledon. Numbers came in in the early 90s when cable TV came. Everybody’s fighting for news – Pete Sampras is going to break the record and become the greatest of all time. Who knows whose record he beat, do you know? (Roy Emerson, we answer). You know it because you are avid sports people. You ask that question to 1000 other people that know tennis, they probably don’t know the answer. So does that mean Roy Emerson was the greatest of all time before Pete?

Numbers can’t be the only criterion. Certainly it speaks volumes. Then you look at what these guys had to do. Fed beat me, Roddick, Hewitt, Moya …There were some guys that he beat to win the early Slams, but then he wins the next ones beating these other guys. Rafa comes in and has to beat Fed and Djokovic to win them. Djokovic comes in and has to beat both Fed and Rafa to win. But if you ask me as a tennis person, being on the other side of the net or what I’m seeing, if somebody is playing their best tennis – which is different from the Best Of All Time – let me make that clear, then the highest standard of tennis that I’ve ever seen is when Novak is playing his best tennis. The single level, for whatever my tennis IQ is worth, is an unmistakable standard to which everybody will strive to be. It doesn’t mean that he has maximized it, but he’s not done. I think Fed has made more of his career than anybody. He’s more versatile than anybody. Fed probably could have won Grand Slams serve and volleying only, or if not allowed to come to the net, he could have still probably figured out a way to win. Nadal speaks for himself.

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Wog Boy Says:

For the lazy ones who don’t want to read pay attention on this Agassi answer:

“But if you ask me as a tennis person, being on the other side of the net or what I’m seeing, if somebody is playing their best tennis – which is different from the Best Of All Time – let me make that clear, then the highest standard of tennis that I’ve ever seen is when Novak is playing his best tennis. The single level, for whatever my tennis IQ is worth, is an unmistakable standard to which everybody will strive to be.”


skeezer Says:

^ I didn’t read anything there from Agassi claiming Novak is the GOAT.
” if somebody is playing their best tennis – which is different from the Best Of All Time”
Agreed.
Anyways, players make comments all the time. Mac changes his tune every so often, what else is new…..?
What’s not? All time records with a 20 on top.


Wog Boy Says:

This what was said:
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skeezer Says:
“I sense fans are moving past the simplistic GOAT/Slamcount debate….”
The force is weak with this one lol.
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For the people with reading difficulties, nobody was talking about Novak being the GOAT so don’t divert discussion and change subject, we were talking about numbers as the only criteria:

Agassi said:
“Numbers can’t be the only criterion.”

And then he asked the question that proves his point, was Roy Emerson the GOAT until Sampras broke his record? According to brainwashed Fed fanatics he was since he had record number of GS title, precisely 12.

Read again and again and don’t change the subject, Nole is not the GOAT since that category officially doesn’t exist, nor criteria exist as such, but he is the most complete player ever and his best is best than any other players best.

Agassi has more credibility than brainwashed Fed fanatic on the dying Fed fanatics tennis blog.

One more thing, if you read between the lines Agassi said that 37 years old is the weak era champion and he included himself in that weak era, 2003-2007, of course he didn’t say that directly but purposely mentioned the players he had to beat to win GSs and players Rafa and Nole had to beat to win theirs GSs.
This time around read slowly since you obviously have reading comprehension problem or you are just playing dumb.


skeezer Says:

There are so many holes in your argument that I am not going to waste the typing to respond. Happy for you Agassi is your big point of tennis historical justification, lol.


Wog Boy Says:

It’s not my argument, it’s Agassi’s, see him, I didn’t say anything, I just copy/paste what he said so you are barking under the wrong tree.

Answer the simple question that Agassi asked, was Roy Emerson the GOAT before Sampras broke his record?

Don’t be a chicken, come back please, you are the leader of the cult, doesn’t sit well with your followers.

I know how to bring you back, master food, since last time I posted their link they jumped to 2,2 million subscribers and they are Nole’s countrymen, you know Nole, the most complete player in the history, the one whose best beats 37 years old best, enjoy it, and come back, only for you my darling, Almazan Kitchen:

https://youtu.be/03_hnr2FNHc


Levi Says:

Rafa’s 11 (or more) French titles is the toughest achievement in tennis. That one might survive generations. Fed’s 237 consecutive weeks at No 1, 23 consecutive slam semis, 17 of 18 slam finals – those might also remain for some time. Fed’s 8 (or more?) Wimbledon titles would be the next toughest to overcome.

Djokovic is likely to cross 20 slams. I doubt Nadal will get there.


FedExpress Says:

These 2nd set slumps are quite common now by Fed.


Tennis Fan Says:

The Dubai courts are too slow for Federer’s game.

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