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Monday, January 29, 2007

Woods or Federer?

Tiger Woods may be getting all the pub for his remarkable winning streak and going down as the greatest athlete in the world, but what about Roger Federer and what he's doing in the tennis world?

Federer won his 10th career Grand Slam title on Sunday with his victory in the Australian Open.
Since the start of last season, his record is 99-5 with 13 titles. He has failed to reach the finals of any tournament just once in 18 events in that same span.

He's less than a month shy of breaking Jimmy Connors' record of consecutive weeks at No. 1

And the guy is only 25 years old.

So why is it all we hear about is how Tiger is the most dominant athlete in the world today and Federer gets glanced over. Let's face it, he's in a much more grueling sport than Tiger, and he's dominating his sport more than Woods in his.

Even Tiger offered his props to him. After he was selected as the 2006 AP Athlete of the Year, Woods said: "What (Federer) has done in tennis is far greater than what I've done in golf."


Blogger Roy Lang III said...

Golf and tennis are completely different disciplines.
There is much more luck involved in golf on a day-to-day basis, that's why Woods CAN'T win every time out.
If you're ON in tennis as the No. 1 player, you're basically unbeatable.
Golf is different. You play 150 people at a time -- under different conditions, blah blah.
That's why only ONE person, until Tiger, won more than SIX tourneys in a row.
What Federer did is tremendous and take nothing away from him, but to dismiss Tiger as the most intimidating, most dominating player would be a mistake.

Tiger's comments speak more to his humility than reality. Give credit to Tiger there, too.

6:18 PM  
Blogger Brian Vernellis said...

Sure they are different disciplines, but Federer's sport is much more physically taxing, and I'd argue more mentally demanding, than Woods.

To win the Australian Open, he had to win seven matches in 13 days.

Don't get me wrong. What Tiger is doing is incredible and when it's over he'll go down as the greatest to ever play. I just think what Federer is doing is more impressive right now, but for some reason, he's not getting the lovefest that people shower on Tiger.

Federer gets no respect, plain and simple. Tiger offers him the highest compliment, but that's more a credit to Tiger's humility than actually honoring Federer.

9:48 PM  

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