Does tennis end at 30 for Roger Federer?
The 16-time major winner who out-Borged a legend in his career at the All-England Club continues the twilight of his career. Federer lost his quarterfinal match to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Wednesday in a five-set thriller that catapulted Tsonga into the mainstream and pushed away the 6-time Wimbledon champion.
In every other major (Australian, French and U.S.), stadium courts are named after tennis or cultural legends. It’s a shame that Wimbledon doesn’t embrace this tradition. Federer would lock up his name on Centre Court. He’s won the tournament six times, enjoys a win percentage of just above 90% and actually wore a blazer with his crest to the matches in the mid 00’s to show who owned the most prestigious court in tennis.
He’s played in two of the most epic matches to occur at Wimbledon. The five-set classic final against Andy Roddick in which Federer won a pair of tie breakers and the 5th set 16-14 to capture the trophy. He also lost to Rafael Nadal in a match tennis historians call one of the best in the history of the sport. It’s still Federer’s only loss in a Wimbledon final.
There was a time where it looked like Roger Federer wouldn’t lose a match on any surface. Now, he’s pressing. Federer hasn’t won a major since last year’s Australian. While that won’t raise any red flags for the majority of tennis players past or present, Federer lives in a different league.
Federer turns 30 a few weeks before the U.S. Open, a venue where he’s only lost six career matches.
Be honest. Would you ever count Roger Federer out of the picture?
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