Federer is out on his personal by way of Grand Slams gained on the ATP Tour with 20 and is broadly considered one of the best male tennis star to have performed the game.
And he stays on the prime of his recreation, having gained the Australian Open earlier this 12 months earlier than triumphing on the Rotterdam Open.
By reaching the semi-final in Holland, Federer additionally overtook Rafael Nadal to turn into the oldest participant to succeed in the world No 1.
He’s at present aiming to win a report sixth Indian Wells title this week and faces Jeremy Chardy tonight within the final 16.
The 36-year-old has earned excessive reward from fellow professionals and pundits all through his profession and for with the ability to elevate his recreation even additional regardless of his advancing years.
And WTA world No 26 Gavrilova, who was knocked out by Caroline Garcia within the spherical of 32, is the most recent to lavish reward on Federer… albeit with a considerably tongue-in-cheek remark.
The Australian posted an image on her Twitter account of herself alongside a goat with the caption: “Simply chilling with @rogerfederer.”
A ‘goat’ in sports activities phrases is commonly used as an acronym for best of all time.
Gavrilova isn’t the one particular person to check with Federer because the ‘goat’ with tennis legend Rod Laver insisting no different participant comes near his achievements.
“For me, I feel Roger Federer is actually the best participant that has come alongside,” Laver stated earlier this 12 months.
“Sure, we’ve obtained a lot of nice gamers — have a look at (Rafael) Nadal with a report that claims ‘I’ve simply gained 10 French Opens’, and you’ll’t kind of push that underneath the mat.
“However I feel Roger performs his best tennis on the massive events, on any floor.
“He’s stood the take a look at of time — that’s in all probability the one factor that places you in that class of one of the best ever. That’s one of many issues that he has completed. He loves the sport, and the whole lot he does round his life is someplace associated to all the nice (issues he has completed).”