I tend to agree that it is Federer. I'm not taking anything away from Tiger, but the next batch of golfers (Phil, Vijay, Furyk, Adam Scott soon enough) is closer to Tiger than the next batch of tennis players (Blake, Nadal, Roddick etc) is to Federer.
Federer winning a tournament without losing a set would be like winning a golf tournament and shooting the lowest score in every round. (Attempted Analogy, please don't kill me for it)
j24jags wrote:I tend to agree that it is Federer. I'm not taking anything away from Tiger, but the next batch of golfers (Phil, Vijay, Furyk, Adam Scott soon enough) is closer to Tiger than the next batch of tennis players (Blake, Nadal, Roddick etc) is to Federer.
Is that an endorsement of Federer or a knock on the "competition". That's the only way to really know who is more dominant. If Tiger is kicking butt against comparatively superior competition then he's more dominant. I can't really evaluate since I don't watch tennis.
I say it's Tiger, Tennis is a 3 surface sport and Federer can only dominate on 2. He hasn't won a French Open and I'm not sure he will given how amazing Nadal is on the clay. If Federer can get the French and claim the Grand Slam however, it's a different story.
Not to take anything away from Federer, who is phenomenal, but Tiger Woods' reign is simply awe inspiring. He's doing things no golfer has ever done before, he's blown away his competition time and time again, and when I think of what athletic dominance means, he's the first that comes to mind. Federer is the baddest tennis player on the planet, but Woods is arguably the greatest golfer to ever walk the planet; something Federer hasn't begin to sniff in his sport quite yet - though in time, who knows.
I'm going to have to say Tiger. Not only do a LOT more people play golf than tennis, but golf doesn't have the physical requirements that tennis does. You don't have to be an great athlete to be a great golfer. This just makes the competition that much greater. There are also at least three times as many professional golfers as there are professional tennis players.