By winning his record tying seventh Wimbledon title and his seventeenth grand slam title, Roger Federer defied all odds and regained the Number 1 spot from Novak Djokovic. He is only the third person to win seven Wimbledon titles alongside Pete Sampras and William Renshaw and also holds the record for the most number of grand slam singles titles won in the history of tennis.
Skepticism was in abundance at the Wimbledon this year as the Swiss, who had relinquished the number 1 ranking on June 6th, 2010 and had not win a grand slam title since the Australian Open in 2010, faced a younger and more agile Novak Djokovic in the semifinals. After a brief 4 set encounter, which Federer dominated throughout, he went on to defeat Andy Murray in the final to return to prominence once again.
Fans and media included assumed that the 30 year old Federer’s time was up and that it was time for him to make way for the young, more athletic players. The legend silenced such thoughts by virtually racing through Wimbledon, save the 5 set close call that almost resulted in an upset, and returning to the top.
Wimbledon was his fifth tournament victory of the season, which includes three straight victories in February and March at the Rotterdam Open, the Dubai Open and the BNP Paribas Open. At this stage in the game, because of his age, Federer needs to rely on momentum to continue his winning ways.
The Swiss maestro is performing in a way that is unheard of in tennis history. At 30 years of age, he wants to derive the utmost possible from what is left of his remarkable career rather than retire meekly to a corner and pave the way for the younger generation. Although he has destroyed every noteworthy record in the history of the sport, it would seem that no level of success will satiate the legend’s desire.
Roger Federer would certainly hope to retain the magic that he so beautifully displayed at the Wimbledon to pull off another victory at the last grand slam of the year. Even if the chances of an assured victory at the US Open are remote, he is by no means to be ignored while considering the top contenders for the title. Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal just might fall victim to Roger Federer at the US Open that is scheduled to begin on the 27th of August in New York.