With 17 Grand Slams, 77 overall titles and having been world number one for a record total of 302 weeks, Roger Federer has undoubtedly cemented his place in tennis history as one of the greatest players ever to step on court.
However, it is clear to see that the Federer of 2013 is not the same dominant player than we have become accustomed to seeing at the top of the game over the last decade.
It is only natural that his body is not going to be in the same physical shape as it was when he was 25, and his ranking is set to slip down to world number four on Monday.
This means that to win a Grand Slam in the future it is likely that - as it would have been the case in this year's Wimbledon - he will have to beat three of the other top four over five sets in consecutive matches.
Imagine being faced with the task of having to beat Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and then Novak Djokovic all in a row over 3-5 hour matches, and in the space of just one week.
Not to mention other members of the so-called ‘golden generation’ of tennis such as Del-Potro and Tsonga that he could face in the earlier rounds. Sounds impossible, right?
Then again, they said to beat the Grand Slam record of Pete Sampras sounded impossible.
Mr Federer has been doing the impossible since he first came on the tour!
His groundstrokes are still a thing of beauty and he has expressed a desire to carry on for a few more years at least.
For a serial champion - like Federer - to carry on playing is to believe he can carry on winning.
For a man who’s been achieving unthinkable feats of genius all his life, to win another major is just another challenge for him to accomplish and add to the list.
Write him off at your peril…
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