When it comes to the complete game, no one can touch Roger. He possesses all those things that make for a great tennis player: athleticism, balance, hand-eye coordination, footwork, serve, return of serve, forehand, backhand (and the list goes on…)
And to all this, we can add qualities which seem unique to him. His fluid strokes, his ability to carve the court like a chessboard, constructing points three shots ahead of his opponent, and his seamless transitions from defense to offense.
Federer has the most Grand Slams of any player (17). And as for appearances in Grand Slams…He has appeared in the most finals (24), in the most semifinals (33), and in 40 quarterfinals, (second only to Connor’s 41).
He makes all those around him suffer by comparison.
To the manor born, he is…
…..the quintessential romance hero.
He is a man that can be depended upon in a crisis. He keeps his wits about him, remains calm and goes quietly about doing what needs to be done. When Elizabeth Bennett’s sister, Lydia goes missing, Darcy takes care of business. Without a word to anyone, he goes to London and finds her.
When we are first introduced to Darcy, Austen tells us he “soon drew the attention of the room by his fine, tall person, handsome features, noble mien.” But his manner does nothing to recommend him to Elizabeth or any of the people in Meryton because as Austen writes, “he was discovered to be proud, to be above his company.”
When Lizzie suggests Darcy is proud and vain, he is quick to point out the difference. “Yes, vanity is a weakness indeed. But pride – where there is a real superiority of mind, pride will be always under good regulation.”