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07-11-2010, 06:50 AM #1
Roger Federer: Finally Age has Started Taking its Toll
Roger Federer is arguably the greatest ever male tennis player. The Swiss tennis maestro holds record 16 Grand Slam singles title. However, over the last couple of years, it seems his age has finally started taking its toll on him physically.
Roger Federer has recently failed to reach the semi finals of French Open 2010 and Wimbledon 2010. Since 2004, it was the first time Federer failed to reach the last four of a Grand Slam tournament and over the last 6 years he played in record 23 consecutive Grand Slam semi finals.
Federer fans may disagree, but record shows the Swiss great has already seen his best on tennis court. Federer won 11 out of his 16 Grand Slam singles titles in between 2004 and 2007. During these 4 years, he dominated in all the Grand Slam tournaments, except French Open.
His fall on tennis court started in 2008 when he failed to win his 6th consecutive Wimbledon title as he lost to Rafael Nadal in an epic final. The same year Federer failed to win the Olympics gold medal in singles and lost the no. 1 rank to Nadal.
Roger Federer retained the no. 1 place in 2009 after reclaiming his Wimbledon title. He also won the French Open title for the first time the same year with physically unfit Nadal failing to reach the quarter final. Despite the two back to back successes, Federer could not yet show the kind of dominance he was once used to.
In US Open 2009, he lost to Juan Martín del Potro. With this defeat, he failed to clinch his 6th consecutive US Open title. Moreover, it was the first time he was defeated in a Grand Slam final by someone other than Nadal.
Federer started the 2010 winning the Australian Open, but agonizingly failed to reach the semi finals of both French Open and Wimbledon, losing to Robin Söderling and Tomáš Berdych respectively.
It seems pretty much odd for a player who holds the record of playing in 10 consecutive Grand Slam singles finals and 23 consecutive Grand Slam singles semi finals. He also holds the record of being the no. 1 in ATP ranking for 237 weeks at a stretch.
Roger Federer is now 28, an age which in tennis is counted as one of the last years of someone’s career. There is no doubt, Federer is a great player, but his age seems to have started taking heavy tool on him. There are now many physically strong players like Soderling, Berdych, Nadal etc. and it is always very tough to deal with those strong players in today’s power-based tennis....being a human...