Henman believes Federer will eventually tower over Sampras

June 9th, 2009 - 2:55 pm ICT by ANI  

Roger Federer London, June 9 (ANI): Former World Number four tennis player Tim Henman believes Swiss Roger Federer is destined for further greatness and will become the first man to win 15 Grand Slams.

Henman predicts that Federer will surpass Pete Sampras’ in terms of tennis greatness.

“Roger is the best player of all time. Winning in Paris is his greatest achievement. He has equalled Sampras’ 14 but he has also won the French. And I can see Roger winning a few more Grand Slams. I can’t see the winner of Wimbledon coming from outside the top three but I’d make Roger favourite. It’s amazing how many people were saying he’s over the hill and wouldn’t win another Slam,” The Sun quoted Henman, as saying.

“Admittedly, he has not played as well as he has, but he is only 27. To come through this tournament in Paris, not to play his best but find a way to win, was incredible.

“He has made 15 of the last 16 finals. It is just off the charts.

“Last year, he got a lesson from Nadal at Wimbledon, the tournament he owned, but beat Andy at the US Open, lost to Nadal again in Australia, and has now come back and won the French.”

Federer’s wife Mirka is due to have their first child during Wimbledon and Henman says it could help the world No 2.

He said: “It will take away some of the pressure for Roger. A child puts things in perspective.” (ANI)

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