Since his dramatic 2012 Wimbledon victory over Andy Murray, Roger Federer has been on a steady decline in Grand Slam tournaments. Two quarterfinals appearances, one semi-final appearance, and a stunning 2nd round defeat at the 2013 Wimbledon have seen his ranking drop to 5th worldwide.
Although 5th is still a prestigious ranking in professional tennis, this could actually be described as the low point of Federer’s career, and his lowest rank in 10 years. For the 31 year old to rediscover his past dominant form, Federer would like to conquer the US Open and prove that he is not quite finished just yet.
Federer’s main rivals, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray have each won one of the three Grand Slam tennis tournaments in 2013, leaving Federer as the odd man out. While he had a strong showing at the 2013 Australian Open, falling short to Andy Murray, Federer’s display at Wimbledon was an embarrassment. Having not been beaten so early at a Grand Slam since 2003, Federer will certainly have something to prove coming into the 2013 US Open.
Although he is just 31, his poor recent performances have seen Federer’s critics suggest that the legendary Swiss tennis player has reached the end of his playing career. Since early 2010, he only has the lone 2012 Wimbledon Grand Slam title to his name, and has now fallen down in the rankings. But back in 2005, Federer was at the peak of his powers.
Federer did enjoy a sustained period of success at the US Open, winning 5 straight titles between 2004 and 2008, and you can be certain that he is eyeing this prize again. Will he be able to muster another US Open victory? Time will tell.
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