'I wouldn’t think too much about Roger Federer winning...', says legend



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'I wouldn’t think too much about Roger Federer winning...', says legend

Rafael Nadal is getting closer and closer to a great Roger Federer record. The record in question concerns the consecutive number of sets won in the slams. The Swiss is the first in this special ranking, with 36 sets won between the US Open 2006, Australian Open 2007 and Roland Garros 2007.

In second place is John McEnroe with 35 sets in a row between the first round of Wimbledon '84 and the semifinal against rival Jimmy Connors at the US Open that same year. Rafael Nadal had already gone close to the record when, between Roland Garros 2017 and Wimbledon 2017, they had strung together 29 sets in a row.

The Spaniard is now more in the running for the record than ever, having reached 33 sets won thanks to a 3-0 win over Fabio Fognini. In the match against Stefanos Tsitsipas the Majorcan could catch up with his great rival, but it won't be easy.

To understand the size of the record just look at the names in the ranking. It should be remembered that, until 2007, only Bjorn Borg and Roger Federer had managed to win a slam without conceding a single set. From then on, Rafa became a specialist with victories without conceding anything to opponents at Roland Garros in 2008, 2010, 2017 and 2020.

Roger Federer's credentials as the Greatest Of All Time have been the subject of intense discussion for a long time. Rod 'Rocket' Laver has now weighed in on the subject too, calling Federer the predominant player of this era but adding that the Swiss' two main rivals could catch up to him in the future.

Laver reflects on Roger Federer's future

"For me, I think Roger Federer is the champion of his era," Rod Laver said. "I think he’s certainly, you know, you look at his record and there’s a lot to say he’s the best of all time."

While Laver believes Federer has very little chance of picking up another Roland Garros trophy, he claimed that the Swiss is a strong candidate for the last two Slams of the year. "I wouldn’t think too much about him winning the French Open, but I think Wimbledon is certainly going to be there and the US Open," the Aussie legend said.

"I think he can win more tournaments." After this event, the Swiss Maestro plans on playing the other Grand Slam events and even the 2021 Olympics. It may be very tough for him to win them as he is going to be 40 years old this year. However, one can never count a 20-time Major champion from surprising everybody.