Roger Federer with Serena Williams back in 2012 Image: AFP
Roger Federer might be touted as the greatest player of all time, but he prefers conferring the honour on his contemporary, Serena Williams.
In an interview withThe Wall Street Journal, Federer heaped praise on Williams, who has won 39 Grand Slam titles (23 singles, 14 doubles and two mixed doubles) in her career.
“Williams has been fascinating to watch. She had a totally different upbringing — I came up through Switzerland with the federation, she did it with her dad and her sister. It’s an amazing story unto itself — and then she became one of the greatest, if not the greatest tennis player of all time,” said Federer.
Federer has won the most number of Grand Slams by any male player in the world. Despite that, he chooses to remain humble.
“But we know Williams is all the way up there. I’m probably up there with somebody, somehow. Maybe there’s a group, a best of five — and if you’re in that group, you should be pleased and happy. Tennis is a funky sport when it comes to that stuff,” he added.
Federer will get back to the tennis court with the Mercedes Cup, starting in June.