The sensationalist media are at it again. Roger Federer's 5-7 3-6 3-6 defeat to Jo-Wilfred Tsonga in the quarter-finals of the French Open sparked a media frenzy due to Federer's seemingly infallible image being punctured in straight sets.
Some have started to declare this, to use a cliché, the beginning of the end for Federer.
What is strange is that we have only just started talking about Federer in this light. He is nearly 32 now, in comparison to Andy Murray's and Novak Djokovic's 26 years of age, with Nadal only being 27.
Federer has at least an extra four years of wear and tear against his main rivals. Surely, with this huge disadvantage, we should not be surprised that Federer is struggling.
Of course, the argument for the Federer diehards is that he can still perform at the top level, as demonstrated by his supreme performance at the 2012 US Open. Well, yes, that was a virtuosic display of tennis that was simply irresistible.
But that is one tournament, and he has only made one final at a ranking event since - at the ATP World Tour Masters 100 Rome. You know, that highly acclaimed event.
But everyone assumes that Federer should be consistently winning trophies. He shouldn't.
He is on the decline.
He has been for some time, and the US Open win was quite possibly Federer's last hurrah. He is too old too be able to seriously compete to be a winner at every event.
Federer is a great player, but perhaps not as great as the sensationalist media would have us believe.
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