In the past decade, one man and one woman have come to dominate the sport of tennis like so few stars have before this time.  Roger Federer leads all men with 17 career grand slam titles.  Serena Williams also stands at 17 such victories, which is 6th highest for all women tennis players.  However, as both came to learn at Wimbledon 2014, father time is beginning to knock on the door.  Does either player have another real shot at winning a title (like the upcoming US Open), or will their barren 2014 continue into infinitum?

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A victorious Roger Federer seems further and further away these days… (Photo Credit: © Marianne Bevis)

Such a question is tough to ask of these legends of the game.  Both players are fan favorites wherever they play. Federer’s Wimbledon Final loss to Novak Djokovic was especially heartbreaking.  It looked to be a classic Federer match for the ages, with a stunning comeback in the 4th set, only to fall just short against the current world number 1.

But for Williams, after her impressive two titles in 2013, she hasn’t progressed through the 4th round of any grand slam event this year!  Her ranking still stands at #1 and she has claimed three WTA tournaments this year, but unfortunately someone of her stature is judged on performances in the big 4 tournaments.  Her recent Wimbledon early round disappointment came with a strange bout of illness that was never fully explained.  At 32 such nerving signs make one wonder if she will ever regain her form.

For Federer, the rise of Djokovic, Andy Murray, and Rafael Nadal has seemingly pushed him out of a game that he has dominated for a full decade.  It was 10 long years ago when the Swiss master claimed 3 of the Grand Slam events.  He has remained in the top 10 ever since then, but once again he wants titles, not Final appearances.

With the US Open rounding up the year, both 32-year-olds have fully arrived at the twilight of their careers.  We have now passed two calendar years since Federer claimed a grand slam, and if Williams fails in New York, a full year will have passed since her last such championship.

Photo taken on September 1, 2013 at the US Open Championships.

Photo taken on September 1, 2013 at the US Open Championships. (Photo Credit: © Francisco Carbajal)

Therefore, the 2014 US Open will be a magnificent occasion in which to catch both these legendary tennis players before they retire!  Get your US Open tickets right here.  Who knows, you could witness the final grand slam title of Roger Federer or Serena Williams!

Visit to the Flushing Meadows Corona Park on 09.08.13 to watch the US Open Women's Finals. I walked around for a bit before watching the thrilling game.

The “Court of Champions” Wall at Flushing Meadows Corona Park on 09.08.13. (Photo Credit: © gigi_nyc)

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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