Yeah, so Federer won the Australian Open, whoop dee doo. Yeah, so it is his tenth slam (before the age of 26), big deal.
Fact of the matter is, that aside from the one strange fact that he didn’t drop a set through the tournament, Federer winning the Aussie Open, or his tenth slam is nothing to get excited about.
Other people had won 10 slams before reaching the age of 26 as well. Most notably, Pete Sampras. I do not remember much discussion whether Sampras was the best ever back when he won his tenth grand slam.
When Sampras won his tenth slam, he actually destroyed Cedric Pioline at Wimbledon, 6-4, 6-, 6-4. Federer’s score today was 7-5. 6-4. 6-4. Not only that, but Pioline, an all court player playing on Wimbledon’s grass, was probably much stiffer competition for Sampras than a clay court baseliner like Gonzalez was for Federer.
As such, when in the upcoming weeks you hear whether Federer is the greatest ever, laugh and move on. It’s just the Aussie Open (no one cares for it, I mean come on, guys like Petr Korda won it), and its just Fernando Gonzalez (whom you’ll never hear from again — meanwhile, Pioline, Sampras’ 10th slam final opponent, was a multiple time grand slam finalist, the other being the 93 US Open).
That other stat, that Federer didn’t drop a stat is a bunch of baloney. No one has ever cared how many sets one drops during a grand slam, and we’re not about to start now. If anything, it shows how weak the rest of the field is, something we knew already.