Reactions from around the globe on Fed's GOATness.
Rafael Nadal, in a telephone interview with Spanish journalists: "Federer is the one who deserves it the most." Nadal said he did not watch the final -- "when I'm at home I don't
often watch matches" -- but said he planned to text his congratulations
to Federer. "Not now because he'll have 300 waiting for him."
Pete Sampras (now tied with Federer at 14 majors), speaking to ATPWorldTour.com: "I didn't think it would only take seven years to tie it. It feels like I'm in good company with Roger. If there was someone I would want to be tied with and maybe one day my record to be broken, I hoped it would be someone like Roger... now, I know it's a different sport, he might have his eyes on (Jack) Nicklaus' 18 Grand Slam record."
Tiger Woods (also now tied with Federer at 14 majors), speaking with reporters after winning the Memorial tournament: "He was impressive to watch. Talked to him a little bit yesterday and a little this morning. It's just phenomenal just how he's moving again. He's not hurt. He was hurt for a while there. His back was bothering him, and then he had the whole mono thing last year and had to deal with that. It's just truly remarkable when he gets it going. He just hits shots that nobody else can hit. It's fun to watch. I was pulling for him. I was as nervous as can be for him. A couple times there, Soderling had break point in the third set. Roger is up a break, and I'm like don't lose this break. I was yelling at the TV, the whole deal. You know, it's fun to watch your friends go out there and play and compete. I get just as nervous doing that because they're my friends."
Roy Emerson (one of the six other men to complete the career Slam), speaking to newjerseynewsroom.com: "I believe he is [the greatest]. Now that he’s won a major on all surfaces, you can’t really argue with it. I mean, it’s hard to say because you’re comparing different eras with different equipment, different styles, different conditions. But I think after [Sunday], he’s certainly made a really good case. What he’s done is a great achievement."