Your Semi-Depressing Development Of The Day: Roger Federer Is Officially An Old Man In Tennis-Years
Roger Federer, quite possibly the greatest tennis player who ever lived, turns 30 years old today. Generally speaking, he's a young man. Tennis-wise, he's ancient. Of course it's pointless to get too down in the face of the inevitable aging process, but in tennis it happens so quickly that it's hard not to be a bit blindsided. Four years ago Federer won three of the four majors. Two years ago he won two of the four, and was one set each away from winning the other two. And suddenly, he hasn't won a major since last year's Australian Open and has now reached an age where majors are hardly ever won.
Fortunately for Federer (and those of us who like watching him), a talent like his is even more rare than winning majors during one's fourth decade. And he's still capable of brilliant tennis (to wit: he's the only man to beat Novak Djokovic this year). Would we put it past him to sustain a hot streak for seven matches and adding to his major total? Not at all. We wouldn't be shocked to see him win the U.S. Open when that tournament kicks off later this month. He's still one of the best players in the world.
But he's not the player he used to be. And for those who'd grown accustomed to a game once equated with a "religious experience" by one of the most acclaimed writers of modern times, that...sort of sucks. When Federer (after dominating the first two sets in vintage Federer form) lost in the Wimbledon quarterfinals to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga this year, we were mostly captivated by the brilliant tennis Tsonga played to pull it off. One friend of ours wasn't: he said he hates when Federer loses, because he's "reminded of the fleeting nature of youth." We're not sure we'd go quite that far, but given the increasing onset of Federer's twilight tennis years...yeah, our friend wasn't totally wrong.
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