Federer Edges Out Woods as Greatest Player
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 6, 2009 2:09 PM CDT
Tiger Woods poses with the trophy after winning the AT&T National golf tournament.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – It may be apples and oranges, but if judged by the cold reality of “winning big tournaments,” Roger Federer is “the most dominant athlete of any major sport,” Shaun Powell writes for NBC Sports. His 15 Grand Slam titles edge out friend Tiger Woods' 14, and when it comes to measuring greatness, these tourneys are “about the only thing Federer and Woods care about, and all that matters at this stage of their careers.”

Federer’s win at Wimbledon cements his dominance. “He’s now made the semifinals or better in 21 straight major tournaments,” Powell writes. “While nobody can win all the trophies all the time, Federer gives himself a chance like nobody else, Tiger included.” Now he has surpassed Pete Sampras as the most winning tennis player ever. "Tiger’s main purpose for playing golf, besides the love for the sport and the almighty dollar, is to pass Nicklaus. In that respect, Tiger wants to be like Federer."