I sat at my computer unable to find the words to describe my outrage and frustration and sadness and grief over the children who have been fleeing the terror of their home countries to enter the United States. I have been sickened and disgusted by the rabid extremists who shout at vehicles containing these children, holding up signs that urge Americans ‘not to get diseases’ from these helpless children. Again, I find myself sighing, not knowing what to say. I cannot imagine anyone with reason or empathy viewing children like the little boy below as any kind of threat to ‘Merica.
The statistics make a very strong case that Roger Federer is the greatest men’s tennis player of all time.
- 17 grand slam titles, the most of any open era player and three more than the next two men.
- 25 grand slam finals, the most of any open era player andfive more than the next man.
- 35 grand slam semi-finals, the most of any open era player and four more than the next man.
- 42 grand slam quarter-finals, the most of any open era player and one more than the next man.
- 274 match wins, the most of any open era player and 42 more than the next man.
- 59 consecutive grand slam appearances, the most of any open era player and three more than the next man.
- 27 consecutive grand slam match wins, which he’s done twice.
- 36 consecutive grand slam quarter-finals, the most of any open era player and 16 more than the next man.
- 23 consecutive grand slam semi-finals, the most of any open era player and 9 more than the next man.
- Ranked first and second with the most consecutive grand slam semi-finals, with 10 and eight respectively.
- Tied for first for three consecutive grand slam finals, which he’s done twice.
- Tied for first for the most Australian Open championships, with four.
- Tied for first for the most Wimbledon championships, with seven, including a record-tying five in a row.
- Tied for the most U.S. Open championships, with five, which were consecutive.
- Tied for most Australian Open finals, with five.
- Record holder for most Wimbledon finals, with nine.
- A career Grand Slam
- An Olympic gold and silver medal
- And more.
I think Rod Laver has a great case for himself at the top of the list, with two calendar year grand slams– one as an amateur and one as a professional. But for now, even with a five set loss to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final, Roger is the best. Ever.
Ah yes. In honor of Julianne Moore winning the Cannes Film Festival Best Actress award, for Cronenberg’s latest film, Maps to the Stars, some words of commentary from the director himself.