Federer back in game to grab world’s number one spot
Roger Federer is left to congratulate his Spanish rival once again AAP Image/Martin Philbey
Starting the season off with three titles already in his pocket, former world no. 1 Roger Federer might have just what it takes to redeem his old title.
So far this year, Federer has won three titles including the most recent at Madrid on clay.
He also defeated Rafael Nadal for the first time since 2005, in a remarkable straight-set win and world no. 4, Andy Murray. With the French Open just around the corner, the fans are asking the question, can the Swiss maestro can do it again?
Beginng his professional career in 1988, Federer has accomplished achievements like no other. A holder of ATP’s (Association of Tennis Professionals) number one spot for 237 consecutive matches as well as a record of 16 Grand singles titles, the 30-year old says he isn’t ready to retire just yet.
“Some don’t understand how you can play tennis at 30 years old, which is shocking to me, because normally that’s still when you’re young enough to play some of your best tennis. I think I’m showing that since I turned 30 in August last year. That’s basically where my run began.” Federer said.
While other players may be taking some time off, it is all about practice makes perfect for Federer, who is constantly working up a sweat on the courts and has not had a break since early January.
However, there are some things that can’t be ignored. Beginning the season on shaky terms, due to unbearable back-pains, it was unlike Federer – who is praised for his strength and endurance – to pull out of the Qatar Open in the lead up to his semi-final match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga because of his unbearable back pain.
It was this decision that raised concern amongst critics with regards to Federer’s long anticipated comeback.
However, as the season progressed, we see another great run from the ‘maestro’. Winning 39 of his last 41 matches, losing only to Rafa in the Australian Open and John Isner in Davis Cup, he is expected to perform just as well, if not better at the French Open in May.
It may be possible that instead of watching a new-age final between Djokovic and Nadal, we could witness another classic Federer-Nadal rivalry.
It will no doubt be another exhilarating tournament where we’ll see the top three fighting against each other, and it could be anyone’s guess as to who will be the winner.