Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray / Roger Federer (Photo : Reuters)
ESPN tennis writer Greg Garber believes Roger Federer is now playing in the twilight days of his career. and perhaps, might have already won his final Grand Slam title at last year's Wimbledon Open.
In his latest article on ESPN tennis, Garber put Federer's stunning second round loss to No. 116-ranked Sergiy Stakhovsky as the no.1 takeaways in this year's Wimbledon Championship.
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Garber argued that Federer's surprising loss to a relatively unknown netter at an early stage of the tourney only means that the Swiss Master's glory days are over and it's time to pave way for the future of tennis.
Fedologists (and the few who aren't) have been wondering when Federer would win his next--and possibly last--major. It's possible that it already happened (No. 17), at last year's Wimbledon. Somehow Federer fell to the No. 116-ranked men's player in the world, Sergiy Stakhovsky, in the second round of the tournament he won seven times in 10 years, Garber stated in his article. That ended his amazing streak of reaching 36 consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinals.
Like most tennis analysts, Garber also sees a lot of Grand Slam finals contested by Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic in the future.
"Novak Djokovic versus Andy Murray. This was the third time in the past four majors that the best two players in the game were the last two standing. The abrupt departures of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal confirmed that their era is officially over," Garber said.
"Get used to it. They've probably got 10 to 12 Slams left as the leading duo," he added.