Federer like Pele, Ali - Murray

2012-07-09 20:10

London - Wimbledon champion Roger Federer deserved to be ranked alongside Pele and Muhammad Ali as one of the greatest sportsmen the world has ever seen, according to beaten finalist Andy Murray.

Federer swept to a 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Murray in the final on Sunday as the Swiss great clinched the seventh Wimbledon title and 17th Grand Slam crown of his illustrious career.

The 30-year-old will also return to the top of the world rankings as a result of his latest All England Club triumph, strengthening Federer's claim to be labelled the greatest tennis player of all time.

But Murray believes debate about Federer's greatness shouldn't just finish with his own sport.

The Scot, who is also a huge fan of Spanish world No 3 Rafael Nadal, is convinced Federer deserves to be mentioned alongside immortals like Brazilian footballer Pele, who inspired his country to three World Cup triumphs, and charismatic former heavyweight champion Ali, widely regarded as the best boxer ever to enter the ring.

"He's up there. Rafa, as well, for me is up there in that conversation, as well. Both of them have been unbelievable athletes. They've been great for the sport," Murray said.

"Roger is still playing amazing tennis. A lot of people have been asking me, 'Has he started slipping? Is he not playing as well?'

"If you look at the matches he lost the last couple years they were very, very close matches that he definitely could have won.

"He could be sitting on 20 Grand Slams if one point or a couple inches here or there had gone his way

"So he's still playing great tennis. I don't think you get to number one unless you deserve it. Yeah, it's a great week for him."


  • fdalana - 2012-07-09 20:21

    like the rest of the list,he is still way behind messi.

      grantybobbins - 2012-07-10 12:38

      @ fdalana - i agree messi is the best football player in the world - but in terms of acheivements federer is ahead buddy!!!!

      thabile.balani - 2012-07-11 11:58

      behind messi on wht fdalana?why is he on the top 5 kwi forbes magazine list of richest athletes?cme on dnt do such dumb comparisons tennis is an individual sport code wth coaches sitting on the sidelines whn u break all th records bcs nobody passes th ball to u,federer is a gem

  • rivalani.mabasa - 2012-07-09 20:33

    What about Michael Shoemaker, Mike Tyson, and Ronaldinho?

      grantybobbins - 2012-07-10 12:36

      @Rivalani - what is to fantastic about Ronaldinho? Where is he now?

  • goldwright - 2012-07-09 21:02

    To you two previous commenters, Murray is just trying to make a point about comparing Federer to the best in their respective fields - he can't name EVERY single great sportsman there ever was/is, so he just used Ali and Pele as examples. Federer is among the best of tennis players there has ever been, and certainly the best of the current tennis players around.

      jono.qmann - 2012-07-10 10:19

      the above two are clowns! must the guy really name every single superstar???

  • Rudzani Muhanganei - 2012-07-09 21:07

    So Murray is now a Scot after being referred to as a Brit b4 he lost to Federer! Interesting

  • Derek Less - 2012-07-09 21:36

    Federer, Schumacher, Woods

  • deanmpeters - 2012-07-10 08:01

    Very humble of Murray. A great sportsman.

  • grantybobbins - 2012-07-10 12:36

    @Rivalani - what is to fantastic about Ronaldinho? Where is he now?

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