by Jon Turner
As the saying goes, “all good things must come to an end.” And in the case of Roger Federer, even great, record-breaking things must do the same.
There is no longer a sustainable debate over whether the greatest tennis player of all-time is in decline, or if he can regain the number one ranking he occupied for so long. The facts speak for themselves; Federer’s time at the top has gone.
For a man with 16 Majors in his trophy cabinet, 71 ATP Tour titles and an accumulation of over $60million in prize money, the smallest of declines has appeared seismic. Tennis has been so accustomed to witnessing Federer steamroll through tournaments, while sitting untouchable at the top of the rankings for so many years. So now that he is no longer reaching those almost unattainable levels of perfection, it becomes abundantly evident he is on the slide.