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Is Federer best tennis player of all time?

Sustained greatness a plus

Diane Pucin

Los Angeles Times

Roger Federer became the No. 1 tennis player in the world Monday, one of the consequences of his 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 Wimbledon victory over Andy Murray on Sunday.

He's also the best ever.

That's not an immediately easy conclusion to reach. Federer has lost to contemporary Rafael Nadal more than he has beaten the Spaniard; the career record is 18-10 in Nadal's favor. Nadal leads Federer 7-2 in meetings at Grand Slam tournaments.

But Federer's win over Murray gave him his 17th Grand Slam title, the most in history. It is a testament to Federer's sustained high level, his...