After a tough defeat in last year’s semifinal at Wimbledon, Roger Federer announced that he’d be taking six months off from playing tennis. To many, it signaled a possible end of his illustrious career. He did come back, but took more time away from the court this past March. What was going on? Was the Swiss star not into it anymore? Was he physically broken down? After all, he is almost 36…ancient in professional tennis terms.
So, when he showed up at the All England Club a few weeks ago, no one really knew what to expect. He had won seven Wimbledon championships over the years, but he hadn’t won a single major in half a decade.
But something was different this year. He looked fresh and he put on a tennis clinic that culminated in his record-setting eighth Wimbledon title. How good was Fed? He didn’t lose one single solitary set during his run to lift the trophy over his head once again.
The tournament-winning point came on an ace, and when it was over, he looked into the stands at his family and cried. “I knew I could go great again maybe one day, but not at this level” he said. “You would have laughed if I told you I was going to win two Slams this year.”
Federer has 19 career Grand Slam titles, more than any other men’s player in the history of the game. His latest came at an age when most have long since put their racket in the closet and called it a career.
So, who knows what lies ahead for Roger Federer. Even if he never wins another major championship, his name is etched in the record books. And he proved to us all that age is just a number.
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