Passing shots: The G.O.A.T. debate, Nadal's knee and Jimmy Jump
In the afterglow of
Federer, who joined
"What he's done over the past five years has never, ever been done -- and probably will never, ever happen again," Sampras told
Former top five player
"Sampras was a phenomenal player and his record speaks for itself, but you always felt there were aspects of his game that you could target," Henman wrote in a
The numbers make a compelling case in Federer's favor, as does his colleagues' support. But really, we needn't have looked beyond how this man conducts business on the court. Words can't quite describe the high art of Federer in top form, though some writers have come close. (If you've never read
Still, amid nearly universal praise, esteemed tennis journalist and commentator
"I do not think we can call him the greatest tennis player of all time yet," Collins said on ESPN. "He's got this guy [
The observation echoed one many Federer skeptics make: How can Federer be considered the greatest player across all eras if he's not indisputably the best player of his own?
Collins alluded to Federer's spotty record -- to put it politely -- against his longtime Spanish foil. He's lost 13 of their 20 all-time meetings, including their past three showdowns in Grand Slam finals. Collins didn't even touch on Federer's record against the man ranked one slot below him: No. 3
Maybe Federer isn't a slam-dunk best-ever pick. So what? This isn't the time to eulogize Federer and reflect on his accomplishments as though the 27-year-old's career were over.
Federer's next task -- along with reversing his Nadal and Murray hoodoo -- will be setting the bar higher for the next great player down the road. Folks talk about how Federer "completed his résumé" with his French Open victory against
Heading into Wimbledon, no story's more prominent than Nadal's left knee. Specifically, will the knee, which has bothered him for months, heal enough to allow the world's top-ranked player to defend his title at the grass-court major, which begins June 22?
Nadal spent the past three days undergoing tests in Barcelona under the supervision of Dr.
While Nadal didn't supply a definitive answer, he promised he'd do everything in his power to participate.
"I am going to give my 200 percent to be ready for the most important tournament in the world. The tournament that I always dream about," Nadal wrote. "I will not go out and play, especially on the Wimbledon Centre Court, if I am not 100 percent ready to play.
"I have two difficult weeks ahead of me, especially because I won't be doing what I like doing most, which is to play tennis, but I will be working on my recovery through physiotherapy treatments as well as recovery work on the specific muscular area.''
Larcher de Brito's antics earned her a powwow with tournament referee
"Grunting, screeching, shrieking, whatever you want to call it,"
Navratalova stressed the importance sounds plays in a match, noting a player can hear a bad shot before he or she can see it. She hopes officials will come down on this "awful, deafening and unfair trend."
"Rules must be changed, players must be warned. If they don't stop, they must have points deducted," Navratalova wrote. "I can see people turning off their TV sets because the noise players make is abhorrent."
Acknowledging court intruders with press attention sets a dangerous precedent. But the story behind the lunatic who stormed the
He's also the central subject of the documentary film
With Federer leading 6-1, 2-1, Jump hopped onto the court and ran toward Federer before security officials intervened. French authorities arrested the trespasser, who faces up to a year in prison for his antics.
And shame on anyone who assumed Jump was a Nadal fan because of his FC Barcelona flag; everybody knows Rafa supports Real Madrid.
Plenty of celebs from both sides of the pond took in action at Roland Garros, including