McEnroe: Federer the best ever

by: Matt Cronin November 09, 2012

John McEnroe tells the Tampa Times that Roger Federer is the best player ever, despite his negative head-to-head record against Rafael Nadal.

“If I had to pick one person, I’d pick Roger,” McEnroe said. Generally, I put Nadal as the greatest clay court player, I put Roger all-around, I put Pete Sampras the greatest grass court player, and Rod Laver was my idol. Those would be the top four. But I think Roger is the best all-around. He’s the most beautiful player I’ve ever seen. While he has a losing record against (Nadal), he’s been so consistent, has DiMaggio-like records, incredible streaks like 22 semis in a row. … Roger, he can do everything, and makes it look easy. That’s always the first step of a great player”

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