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I do not believe that sport champions of different generations, i.e. those who did not have their highest achievements in roughly the same time period, who did not ran into each other, could be compared for the purpose of ‘the best ever’ selection. But then, there are people with very deep insights into a game, maybe they could do a fair comparison. However, why would someone play better if with the current level of play he/she is a champion, why should he/she?

When it comes to the sport earnings, a comparison of different eras is possible (if anyone is interested into something like that). An example how it should not be done appeared on http://www.masters-cup.com on Nov. 14, 2006:

ATP World No. 1 Roger Federer became the first player – man or woman – to earn $7 million prize money in a single season today when he defeated Andy Roddick in round robin play at the $4.45 Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai.

Federer, who pocketed $120,000 for today’s win to take his running Shanghai total to $310,000, has now won $7,133,885 in 2006. Federer could add an additional $1.21 million for a season total of $8,343,885 if he goes on to become the undefeated Tennis Masters Cup champion. Last year Federer earned $6,357,547, just shy of Pete Sampras’ then-record season haul of $6,498,311, set in 1997.

Below, on the right, is a graphical comparison of the Sampras and Federer on-the-court earnings which takes into account inflation conversion factors based on the consumer price index [http://oregonstate.edu/cla/polisci/faculty/sahr/sahr.htm].

Roger Federer : oil on canvas (Photoshop filters effect)

Sampras & Federer : on-court earnings compared by the inflation conversion factors

So, even if Federer goes all the way in Shanghai, his earnings of $8,343,885 will be short of Sampras’ $6,498,311 in 1997. Money has no value in itself: one should talk money in real terms, i.e. a money value adjusted for changes in prices, not the nominal value.

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