Some good reads:
- Chief Sports Writer, London Telegraph: "Roger Federer appears to defy time itself with his amazing grace in victory over Andy Murray. It might have been a trick of the eye but in the Royal Box, it really seemed that the great Rod Laver was welling up with emotion. Perhaps the man so often considered the yardstick for greatness in tennis was reflecting quietly on how, actually, he might have just been watching a man who has usurped him as the finest exponent of the sport in history."
- "Curse of the living Fed... Roger Federer had brutally proven why he is one of the greatest sportsmen — let alone tennis players — of all time. Fed bagged an incredible 17th Grand Slam and a stonking SEVENTH Wimbledon crown. The Swiss showed the Brit ace just how to perform on the biggest stage of all with a display that was bang out of the top drawer. Federer also returned to No 1 in the world and, boy, did he show what is required to be at the top of his sport in a four-set win. Honest Murray said: “He’s up there as one of the greatest of all time." "
- The Independent: "Evergreen Roger Federer silences doubters once and for all with victory over Andy Murray. A spent force? Hardly. Victory yesterday means the Swiss equals Sampras's record of weeks as world No 1... there can be an end to the questions of whether he will be able to add any more, or continue to live with the younger generation"
- Tom Perrotta, Wall Street Journal: "And now, the debate has likely ended. Federer has 17 major titles, 286 weeks at No. 1 (and counting), seven Wimbledon titles and remarkable consistency for a man who is 30, and he said he believes there is more to come. He has won 46 matches this season, second most on the tour, and his losses at majors in the last few years often have been decided by a few points. "He could be sitting on 20 Grand Slams [with] one point or a couple inches here or there," Murray said. "He's still playing great tennis." For two sets in the Wimbledon final, Federer was better than great. He was the one and only Roger Federer, a man so very far above everyone else."
- Simon Cambers, The Guardian: "Roger Federer's win puts him back on top of the world. Victory over Andy Murray proves Roger Federer still has what it takes to beat anyone at the highest level of the game... so Federer proved the critics wrong once more. The Swiss has not had to endure the physical problems faced by Williams, but in the past few years he has been written off with every “failure” to win a grand slam. The feeling was that with the advancement of age he was now just a little vulnerable over five sets, that his endurance could be tested and even exploited by the younger guns. That may well be the case but Federer showed that he is as good, in some ways even better, than he was when he was able to mop up three grand slam titles in 2004, 2006 and 2007. His forehand may not be as devastating as it was, but his serve remains criminally under-rated, his movement is still near-perfect and when he is on, he makes the game look simple, which it really isn’t. Having equalled the record of seven Wimbledon titles held by William Renshaw and Pete Sampras, around a century apart, there is little doubt that he is the greatest player of all time… at present Federer is head and shoulders clear of the rest. With Nadal and then Novak Djokovic last year winning three of the four grand slam titles, returning to the world No 1 spot is a phenomenal achievement. To get there he has increased his schedule, but more importantly he has performed when it matters. The No1 ranking may change a couple more times this year but Federer has now equalled Sampras’s record of 286 weeks at the top and will overtake him a week tomorrow.”
- BBC: "Roger Federer says he does not feel like the greatest player ever despite winning his seventh Wimbledon title. He said the modern era meant players were under more pressure to chase records. "I don't feel better than anyone, because we need past champions to pave the way for our generation and we have become very professional," he said. "They have led the way and inspired myself and other players to chase the big records out there. Back in the day they weren't doing that, they were just playing to play tennis. Things have changed dramatically with the press reminding us 'you should do this and win that and you'll be considered the greatest of all time'. And anyway I don't think you can compare different eras in tennis." "
- S. L. Price, Sports Illustrated: "Federer's historic, redemptive win proves his place in tennis history"