Once The Best, Now Among The Rest...

In tennis, Roger Federer has undoubtedly been a force to reckon with. His impressive stats speak for themselves as 17 grand slam titles,77 ATP titles and a win percentage of 81.3% is no mere feat. Many commentators and tennis players regard him as the greatest tennis player of all time. It's only his recent form which has stopped him from living up to the expectations of his fans around the world.

Roger Federer

The 2013 ATP Tour season,which began on the 14th of January with the start of the Australian Open, saw Federer suffer a substantial decline in form, dropping five places to number 7 in the world, his lowest ranking in 11 years. Out of the 13 ATP tournaments Roger has featured in 2013, he has won just one. The slump in form began with the Australian Open when Federer was beaten by Andy Murray in the semi-final match. Not a disastrous start, one would say but what followed was indeed disastrous for him. He went on to lose five straight ATP tournaments, making it to the finals in just one of them. It didn't end there as Roger was defeated by the number 8 seed, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-finals of the French Open.The win at the Gerry Weber Open came as a consolation and people were expecting big from Roger before the commencement of the Wimbledon Championships in London from 24th June,2013. Little did they know what catastrophe was to follow.

The King of Grass, as he was called, began well, racing past the 47 seed,Victor Hanescu 6-3,6-2,6-0. However, the defending champion made a shocking 2nd round exit, losing to the Ukrainian, Sergiy Stakhovsky in a 4-setter on 26th June. It was after this loss,that Roger was criticized heavily like never before. He then, just went through the motions, losing the next three tournaments comprehensively before going down in the 4th round of the last Major of the year.

Roger Federer

Apparently, without his younger, healthier body, Roger cannot put in the work and consistency to play at his former level. Oh, he can still do it in spurts but the grind of the ATP demands unprecedented energy and fitness. The King Of Grass Roger Federer has met his mortality.

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