When a player as fantastic as Roger Federer decides to retire from professional tennis one day, it will be a sad experience. No one likes to say goodbye to such a talented master of the game, who has won 17 Grand Slam tournaments in his illustrious career, most recently the 2012 Wimbledon Championship.  But Federer is now 31 years old, and no one could argue that his best tennis playing days are now behind him.  So, does Roger Federer have what it takes to win another Grand Slam?

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This is a tough question to answer.  Last year’s Wimbledon was a great example as to why Roger Federer is still the incredible player that he has been in the last ten years.  Having defeated Scottish sensation Andy Murray in London in front of a crowd clearly favoring their fellow Brit, Federer showed that he can still take control of any opponent.  Additionally, his current number 2 world ranking suggests that he is as good as anyone in the game.

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However, signs of decline have been appearing for several years now.  Although his recent win was great, newcomers to the sport have been having their way with Roger Federer in the latter stages of tournaments for quite some time.  Before last year’s Wimbledon success, Federer hadn’t won a Grand Slam since early 2010 when he hoisted the Australian Open.  The 2013 Australian Open revealed a familiar outcome, where Federer reached the semi-finals before Andy Murray achieved a good bit of revenge and ousted Federer.  Although he did end up losing the final, Murray looks to be embarking on a fantastic career, having won the 2012 US Open and the 2012 Olympic Gold Medal, over Roger Federer in the final.

And as good as Andy Murray is, the real person standing in Roger Federer’s way is Novak Djokovic, the world number 1 and likely successor to Federer’s former dominance.  After an incredible 2011 where he won 3 Grand Slams, Djokovic hasn’t been quite as impressive, but with his fourth Australian Open victory now in the books after last month’s victory, Djokovic is proving that he is ready to take control of tennis again.

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Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic are just 25 years of age, and are beginning to reach their peak years.  And so the question of Roger Federer being able to collect another Grand Slam to his resume is not one of whether he still has the talent to do so, but whether the new players will surpass him in skill.  Another player likely to stand in Federer’s way is 26-year-old Rafael Nadal, the Spaniard whose 18-10 career record over Federer is dominant.  Nadal has faded a bit due to recent injuries, but he is set to return this year and could re-establish himself in tennis.

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With 3 solid challengers, Roger Federer will not have any easy paths to another Grand Slam victory.  Clearly he senses this and has now organized a softer 2013 schedule where Federer will take part in less tournaments than in years past so that he is prepared for the big Grand Slams.  Something tells me he will win another tournament in the next year or so, but it is clear that the days of a dominating Roger Federer have long since passed.

Want to see Roger Federer play live in 2013?  Check out these confirmed tournament appearances:

Australian Open
01/04/2013 – 01/27/2013
• ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament
02/11/2013 – 02/17/2013
• Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship
02/25/2013 – 03/02/2013
BNP Paribas Open Indian Wells
03/04/2013 – 03/17/2013
Mutua Madrid Open
05/06/2013 – 05/12/2013
• Internazionali BNL d’Italia
05/13/2013 – 05/19/2013
Roland Garros
05/27/2013 – 06/09/2013
• Gerry Weber Open
06/10/2013 – 06/16/2013
Wimbledon
06/24/2013 – 07/07/2013
Rogers Cup
08/05/2013 – 08/11/2013
Western & Southern Open
08/12/2013 – 08/18/2013
US Open
08/26/2013 – 09/08/2013
Shanghai Rolex Masters
10/07/2013 – 10/13/2013
• BNP Paribas
10/28/2013 – 11/03/2013

Nicholas Spiller

Nicholas Spiller

Nicholas Spiller has enjoyed the sport of tennis for many years.An enthusiast who covers all major sports, he finds tennis to be one of the most pleasant and inspirational games around to watch. He also spends his time as a musician in Los Angeles.
Nicholas Spiller

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