Roger Federer experienced a shock exit from the French Open on Sunday as he was beaten by Latvia's Ernests Gulbis, stirring up speculation whether this tennis veteran is in fact heading for retirement.
The 32-year-old, who has been unbeatable for so long, seemed to show signs of age yesterday as he made 59 unforced errors and was broken twice whilst serving for the set.
This is the third time that Federer has fallen flat before reaching the quarter-finals in the last four majors. These apparent hiccups in his once perfect career seem to have hit the Wimbledon legend hard after he was seen to pick up a ball and hit it out of frustration during the match; surprising behaviour from the usually well mannered player.
According to Jamaica-Gleaner.com fans still remained loyal to the Swiss as they were heard chanting between sets, proving that he still remains the crowd favourite. Despite once being viewed as the master of the sport this seven-time Wimbledon champion seems to be struggling to deal with the poor results himself when he said: "I just couldn't figure it out."
This isn't the first time there has been speculation of possible retirement for Roger.
According to the Daily Mail after early withdrawal from the Montreal Masters due to a back injury this has possibly been the worst year of his career.
However, not all faith should be lost as Federer has made a comeback before after experiencing an unfortunate streak of losses in the past.
Federer took part in nine Grand Slam tournaments without a victory from 2010 to 2012 but proved he was still a worthy champion when he beat Andy Murray in the Wimbledon final.
But with Federer having to now compete against players half his age it is understandable that he may find himself falling into the shadows lately.
No doubt all eyes will be on him at this years Wimbledon championship judging whether he can still sustain a position amongst the tennis elite or whether its time to put the racket down while he is on a high.
However, whatever Federer decides to do it must be remembered that during the peak of his career this man created a new standard of tennis that has made the impossible possible in the eyes of all tennis fans.
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