All-time best

“It is an honour to welcome him in Portugal to our modest home for the second time in his career.”

Estoril Open (May 2-10) organiser João Lagos was speaking to the press shortly after witnessing Roger Federer’s straight set demolition of Andy Murray at the Australian Open final.

The 28-year-old Swiss world No1, who will return to the Jamor national stadium to defend his 2009 title, confirmed his stature as the best tennis player of all time with a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 success which spelt out a record 16 Grand Slam titles on all surfaces.