“It’s uncanny—he’s never out of place.”
—Tennis legend Rod Laver

"Oh, I would be honored to even be compared to Roger. He is such an unbelievable talent, and is capable of anything. Roger could be the greatest tennis player of all time."
—Laver

"He deserves everything he gets.”
—U.S. tennis star Andy Roddick

“He's got everything. He's a legend. Now he's an icon. He's got 15 majors—that's a lot of majors. That's a lot of work.”
—All-time great Pete Sampras

“The Greatest? I have to give it to him. The critics say Laver, and Nadal's beaten him a few times, but in my book he is.”
—Sampras

“He stays back better than me, his backhand is better, and his forehand is just as good.”
—Sampras

“For the next four or five years, his competition will be the record books.”
—Sampras

“Roger is the best player in the world.”
—Sampras

“The game needs him…let’s hope he has the same drive that Sampras had for so long.”
—Hall of Famer Jack Kramer

“He’s creating every point as it should be.”
—Former Swiss Davis Cup coach Jakob Hlasek

“This is a guy who buys drinks for photographers and thanks reporters who show up for his press conferences.”
—Sportswriter Rene Stauffer

“Roger has this natural instinct for getting better—and he did. I find that incredible. I always had someone to tell me if something was wrong. He just feels it.”
—Swiss star Martina Hingis

“I wish I could play like Roger Federer.”
—Superstar Serena WIlliams

“He’s a really great guy. He respects people.”
—Doubles partner Jonas Bjorkman

“His shot-making is second to none.”
—Australian star Lleyton Hewitt

“Tennis has never seen anything quite like him.”
—Sportswriter S.L. Price

“In this age of nuclear equipment and super-sized players, Federer plays with the deftness of long-ago men of modest size in long white slacks, rolled-up shirtsleeves and wooden rackets.”
—Sportswriter George Vecsey

"He's the most gifted player that I've ever seen in my life.  I've seen a lot of people play.  I've seen the (Rod) Lavers, I played against some of the great players—the Samprases, Beckers, Connors, Borgs, you name it. This guy could be the greatest of all time. That, to me, says it all."
—Tennis legend John McEnroe

"If you want to be a tennis player, then mould yourself on Roger Federer. I won three Wimbledon titles and I wish I could play like him."
—McEnroe

"Roger’s forehand is the greatest shot in our sport."
—McEnroe

“This guy is the real deal, and his game is the whole package.”
—Broadcaster Patrick McEnroe

“He can hit from anywhere on the court and plays with elegance.”
—McEnroe

“You can talk to Roger like a simple man on the street.”
—Swiss tennis official Roger Brennwald

“Roger is a magician.”
—Russian star Marat Safin

“He’s young and explosive and has a powerful game.”
—All-time great Andre Agassi

“He’s a genius.”
—2004 French Open Champion Gaston Gaudio

"We have a guy from Switzerland who is just playing the game in a way I haven't seen anyone - and I mean anyone - play before. How fortunate we are to be able to see that. If he stays healthy and motivated - and the wonderful feel he has stays with him - he is the kind of guy who can overtake the greatest."
—All-time great Boris Becker

 


Rod Laver,
Black Book Partners Archives

 

 

 


Pete Sampras,
1996 Tennis Match

 

 

 


Serena Williams,
2002 ESPN The Magazine


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