Fans often wonder which player could be considered the greatest ever. Basing this ideal ranking on the number of Grand Slam titles won, Roger Federer deserves the 'GOAT' award, but eternal rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are now getting closer and closer to matching his records.
If the Spaniard were to manage to conquer Roland Garros for the 13th time, he would hook Federer at 20 Majors. The situation is different for Novak Djokovic, who at the US Open missed a great chance to further reduce his gap from Roger and Rafa.
Beyond any debate, there is no doubt that Federer is the most popular and admired tennis player around the world. Suffice it to say that the former world number 1 won the ATP Tour Sportsmanship Award 13 times, voted by the same colleagues on the ATP circuit.
In his book entitled 'Warning: My Life Between the Lines', Fabio Fognini praised Federer's extraordinary qualities both on and off the court.
Fognini on Roger Federer
“Of all my defeats, those to Roger Federer are the ones I regret the least.
I know I gave all I had every time and I lost against the best of all," Fabio Fognini said. "Roger Federer jokes all the time. 'How good looking are you Fabio?’ he jokes with me. ‘If only I were as beautiful as you are.’ I’m always surprised by the difference between everyday life Federer and on court Federer.
He is a kind man keen to have a laugh and a joke with everybody," Fognini added. The 39-year-old from Basel only played in the Australian Open this year, before undergoing surgery on his right knee, saying goodbye to everyone until 2021.
Federer has already targeted Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics. Roger Federer is well accustomed to calling the tunes when he steps out on court, so it seems only apt he sings up a storm when he is off it. While the Swiss great called time on an abbreviated season to have knee surgery, 2020 will go down as a highlight for a very different reason.
Roger Federer, it seems, has broadened his repertoire and his vocal range in the process. The 39-year-old recently turned his voice to the Beatles classic With A Little Help From My Friends as part of a commercial for Sunrise, a Swiss telecommunications provider based in Zurich, Switzerland.