Roger Federer (R) and Serena Williams (Photograph by Paul Kane/Getty Photographs)
Whereas followers and pundits proceed to debate who must be thought-about the best males’s tennis participant of all time, 23-times Grand Slam winner Serena Williams says Roger Federer will get her vote.
Rafa Nadal picked up a record-extending thirteenth French Open title in October to hitch Federer on the prime of the checklist of males’s Grand Slam winners with 20 titles, whereas world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, the youngest of the ‘Massive Three’ at 33, is on 18.
The 39-year-old Federer is that this week enjoying solely his second event since returning to the Tour in March after spending greater than a yr on the sidelines resulting from two knee operations.
“I believe two phrases sum it up: Roger Federer,” Williams, who turns 40 in September, instructed reporters on the Emilia-Romagna Open in Parma on Monday.
“He is only a synopsis of greatness and sophistication and wonderful and actually modified the sport. You see gamers enjoying like him, shifting like him, doing his strategies. The man is (a) genius.”
Williams received the final of her majors on the 2017 Australian Open earlier than changing into a mom and has since been chasing a twenty fourth main title to equal Margaret Courtroom’s report.
On Monday, the American received her first match since dropping within the Melbourne semi-finals in February and stated she was a Federer “superfan”.
“I simply really feel like he’s actually the best participant,” Williams stated.
“You may’t not just like the man, that is how I really feel. His recreation is so implausible. If I might solely play like him.”
High seeded Federer will start his marketing campaign in Geneva in a while Tuesday in opposition to Spaniard Pablo Andujar, who stated he has been wanting ahead to a match in opposition to the Swiss for a very long time.
“It was one thing that I wished, to have a match in opposition to Roger, simply to inform my children and my grandkids after I become older that I performed him,” Andujar instructed reporters.
“I believe once you play Rafa, Novak and Roger … these guys grew to become myths, (they’re) one thing above the game. I’d say that a very powerful is that they grew the game.”