Roger Federer, the world’s greatest ever male tennis player, appears to be on his last legs. A man, who at his peak swept all and sundry before him, will enter the US Open with his lowest ranking in 11 years.
He is currently ranked seventh in the world. A far cry from the invincible form that saw him sit atop the rankings for 237 consecutive weeks.
Federer has announced he will continue to play on into next year. He has signed on to the Brisbane International as his lead-up to the Australian Open.
Tennis great, John McEnroe has himself said that Federer can’t win another grand slam title. There’s no question that Federer is on the way down. Physically he is not the same as he was at his peak.
However, to rule him out of ever winning another grand slam title is a big statement to make. Federer is a champion and has shown he can win from anywhere on the court, on any surface.
His last win was at Halle, in Germany when he won an ATP tournament. It’s not as illustrious as a grand slam but it still shows that he’s got the capability to win tournaments.
I feel as if Federer is slipping off in the same way that Ricky Ponting fell off the mantle for Australia. His powers are not what they once were and he’s up against opponents that no longer fear him.
However, even when it seemed that Ponting was on his last legs, he pulled out a century and double century during his final calendar year.
Federer has had repeated success at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon. With seven Wimbledon crowns he is the king of the court there. A player such as Federer, when really, he has nothing to lose, is a dangerous proposition on his favourite surface.
Don’t be surprised if, in about a year’s time, we see Federer lift the Wimbledon trophy once more and then witness the greatest man to hold a racquet announce his retirement.
I believe he has one more grand slam left in him and if his recent interview with “The Australian” is anything to go by, he wants one more.