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“Give That Man A Raise!”

Who gets a raise this week? Steph Curry, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, or all the above. Find out in this weeks “Give That Man A Raise”

 

Sportsman of the Week; Roger Federer

The legend continues. As in the legend of the greatest men’s tennis player of all time. Roger Federer defied his age of 35 years and seeding well over 10 to capture his 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, by far the most in history. In an era that should be widely considered as the most competitive (or as competitive) ever.  Federer did it over his old nemesis Rafael Nadal, who likewise made an improbable run to the final. But it was Federer who won the last five games of the last set, squashing a 3-1 game lead. Roger Federer has his stake in the ground as best men’s tennis player of all time, and is our Sportsman of the Week!

The Swiss tennis legend also made his 28th Grand Slam final, which is also the greatest of all time. Across tour sports, he joins Jack Nicklaus as the greatest two men’s majors tour winners as Nicklaus also has 18 majors.

Trailing Federer for Slam titles is Rafael Nadal with 14 titles, who is also toward the end of his productive career. American Pete Sampras completed his career with 14 as well.  The next (and maybe last?) shot to win more might be Novak Djokavic with 12.  Although at age 29, it would be hard to imagine him winning another half dozen before he retires.

Federer turned professional in 1998 and was continuously ranked in the top 10 from October 2002 to November 2016. After his victory over Rafael Nadal in the 2017 Australian Open Final, John McEnroe concluded that “Federer [had] cemented himself as the greatest player of all time.”

Fererer has held the No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings for a total of 302 weeks. In majors, Federer has won five Australian Open  titles, seven Wimbledon titles, five US Open titles and oneFrench Open title. He is among the eight men to capture a career Grand Slam. Federer shares an Open Era record for most titles at Wimbledon with Pete Sampras and at the US Open with Jimmy Connors and Sampras. He has reached a record 28 men’s singles Grand Slam finals, including 10 in a row from the 2005 Wimbledon Championships to the 2007 US Open.

And most of all, Roger Federer has been a gentleman of the sport.  Always respectful of opponents, never brash, he will certainly go down as a legend, if not the greatest of all time in the sport of tennis and in sports as a whole.

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