Originally Posted by Mustard
It proves that too many people are ignorant of tennis history. Federer is not a Phil Taylor or a Michael Phelps and the undisputed best without question. Tennis history is way too complex for that. I mean, come on, The Tennis Channel was putting Roy Emerson above Pancho Gonzales on their GOAT list. The only way they could have possibly come to that conclusion is by counting the number of mainstream majors, with 12 for Emerson and 2 for Gonzales. If you really know tennis history, you know how massively flawed that is.
I agree that the Tennis Channel's list was flawed and that, obviously, Gonzales should rank well ahead of Emerson.
However as for putting Federer as GOAT, that isn't really controversial. The only other man who has a realistic claim is Laver.