‘Not fair to compare’ – When Roger Federer unanimously refused to call Serena Williams a GOAT

A large number of tennis fans celebrate the 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams as the best player in tennis history. People know Williams for her wild play on the tennis court and for dominating her opponents throughout her tennis journey.

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Another of the modern greats, Roger Federer, has also expressed his admiration for the American tennis icon’s remarkable performances. However, he once denied calling Serena the best female tennis player in the history of the sport.

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Roger Federer once spoke about Serena Williams

20-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer was once featured in an interview where he was talking about Serena Williams. Meanwhile, the Swiss Maestro wondered if Serena Williams is the greatest tennis player of all time.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 1: Serena Williams of the United States and Roger Federer of Switzerland act up after their mixed doubles match on day four of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena on January 1, 2019 in Perth, Australia interviewed on site. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

He replied with specify, “It was fascinating to watch [Serena]. She grew up very differently – I came through Switzerland with the Bund, she did it with her father and sister. It’s an amazing story in itself – and then she became one of the greatest, if not the greatest, tennis player of all time.”

Meanwhile, Federer has been pressed over whether to talk about Williams in general or women’s tennis specifically. The Swiss tennis legend said it was the former. However, he quickly changed his mind, as Federer said: “Actually, it’s not fair to compare. But we know [Serena] is at the top. I’m probably up there with someone somehow.”

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He added that if a tennis player is among the best players, he or she should be “happy and satisfied.”

Williams and Federer played their farewell game

The news of Williams and Federer retiring from tennis overwhelmed their fans. Williams and Federer, the two tennis legends, inspired a multitude of athletes and fans to follow the sport. Both graced the court and dominated their respective tours for well over two decades.

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Federer recently played his farewell game at the Laver Cup when he represented Team Europe. He played the doubles event with friend and rival Rafael Nadal. Before the tournament, Serena also played her farewell match at the US Open. Federer and Williams have shown brilliant performances at their respective events. However, both tennis greats lost in their farewell tournaments. Many tennis stars and well-known personalities paid their respects to Federer and Williams.

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