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Is Roger Federer the greatest?

Name an athlete who has been better at a sport: There is no one

Updated: July 12, 2012, 3:29 PM ET
By Scoop Jackson | ESPN.com

In 2007, after I witnessed Roger Federer win his fourth U.S. Open trophy (his 12th Grand Slam at the time), I posed a question: Is he greater at his sport than any other athlete is/was at their respective sports in the history of sports?

Here's the verbatim: Is he greater, more dominant, more merciless, mentally stronger, more separated from everyone else in his sport than all the other "Hims" [note: I referred to Roger throughout the column as "Him"] were/are in theirs?

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