Roger Federer – Is There Anything Left to Prove?
March 25, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech

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Stan Wawrinka was choking back the tears as he offered his opinion on Roger Federer. At the age of thirty-five, the Swiss had just beaten him to secure the Indian Wells title. He’s the oldest player to ever win the tournament. Yet another record attached to the name of one of the greatest of all time.

“He’s laughing, he’s an asshole but it’s OK.”

As Stan Wawrinka jokingly delivered this line, it was hard not to feel a genuine pity towards him. While he has enjoyed success on the court that many of his peers would be jealous of, particularly later in his career, I’m sure he looks at his off-court friend with green eyes of his own. Federer had just picked up his second championship inside two months. His named will forever be mentioned when we discuss the true greats of Tennis. Federer has done it all.

Roger Federer’s Record

Not only does his record speak for itself, but it roams the streets and roars. This record can drive its own God-damn car! He has won 18 Grand Slam titles, a record in men’s tennis. These include seven Wimbledon titles, five Australian Open titles, five US Open titles and one French Open title. Not bad.

Roger Federer holds aloft the Wimbledon Mens Singles Trophy.

During his peak, he was a regular fixture at number one in the world rankings. In fact, over a fourteen year period, he was constantly rated in the top eight. Only an injury hit 2016 saw him drop out of that category. That didn’t last too long, as he now sits in sixth, but this a position that can be improved upon at this week’s Miami Open, especially in the absence of Andy Murray through injury. Also, Federer’s one of only eight men playing in the tournament to have captured a career grand slam.

His Greatest Rival

Keane vs Vieira, Frazier vs Ali, Diarmuid Connolly vs Lee Keegan (ahem) in the modern arena of Irish sport at least! It is said that every great sportsman needs a great rival, and boy does Federer have a pretty good one. Rafael Nadal is another name that will forever be tossed into G.O.A.T debates, and quite rightly. On eight separate occasions, the pair faced off in Grand Slam finals, and for a period of four years, they both featured at either number one or two in the world.

When we look at this great rivalry, it’s often thought that an older Federer is the ruler, whereas Nadal is the worthy competitor. His loftier medal count and his vast wealth often being cited as the reason for his supremacy. But in head to head matchups, Nadal has beaten him more often than not.

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Their rivalry is often regarded as one of the greatest in sporting history. Some of the allure of the rivalry is the contrasting personalities of both. Federer is flash, an extroverted business man, who has used his name to create his own fashion brand and amass a serious wealth. Nadal, on the other hand, has never seemed interested by that, preferring to value his privacy.

Will we ever see a great rivalry like this again?

Off The Court

Federer’s success didn’t just happen on the court. Forbes have listed him as the fourth highest paid sports star, only behind footballers Ronaldo and Messi as well as basketball player LeBron James. Only a fraction of this wealth has been acquired through tournament winnings however, with the vast majority of it coming from sponsorship deals and endorsements.

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The likes of Murray, Nadal and Wawrinka have all enjoyed success on the tennis court, but none of them have come close to matching Federer’s off-court triumph. He simply is the poster boy of tennis’s “golden era”.

Is There Anything Left To Prove?

If Federer walked away now, he would forever be regarded as a great of the game. His level of skill, coupled with his superstar presence, means that he is very unlikely to be forgotten. But he is not finished yet. Even at the age of thirty-five, when most sports stars would be winding down and making retirement plans, the Swiss Maestro doesn’t seem to be thinking that way.

Is There Anything Left To Prove

Very few get the opportunity to go out on top. But Federer isn’t playing like a star enjoying his final hurrah. His recent performances have oozed class, coolness and gritty determination. He has his eyes on the number one spot. And if the history of his career has taught us anything, we shouldn’t bet against his name being soon perched at the very top of that list again.

Andy Leech
Writes about sport and the general idiocy of the human race. Once read a George Orwell book and now understands life.

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Roger Federer – Is There Anything Left to Prove?
March 25, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech

roger-federer-is-there-anything-left-to-prove

Stan Wawrinka was choking back the tears as he offered his opinion on Roger Federer. At the age of thirty-five, the Swiss had just beaten him to secure the Indian Wells title. He’s the oldest player to ever win the tournament. Yet another record attached to the name of one of the greatest of all time.

“He’s laughing, he’s an asshole but it’s OK.”

As Stan Wawrinka jokingly delivered this line, it was hard not to feel a genuine pity towards him. While he has enjoyed success on the court that many of his peers would be jealous of, particularly later in his career, I’m sure he looks at his off-court friend with green eyes of his own. Federer had just picked up his second championship inside two months. His named will forever be mentioned when we discuss the true greats of Tennis. Federer has done it all.

Roger Federer’s Record

Not only does his record speak for itself, but it roams the streets and roars. This record can drive its own God-damn car! He has won 18 Grand Slam titles, a record in men’s tennis. These include seven Wimbledon titles, five Australian Open titles, five US Open titles and one French Open title. Not bad.

Roger Federer holds aloft the Wimbledon Mens Singles Trophy.

During his peak, he was a regular fixture at number one in the world rankings. In fact, over a fourteen year period, he was constantly rated in the top eight. Only an injury hit 2016 saw him drop out of that category. That didn’t last too long, as he now sits in sixth, but this a position that can be improved upon at this week’s Miami Open, especially in the absence of Andy Murray through injury. Also, Federer’s one of only eight men playing in the tournament to have captured a career grand slam.

His Greatest Rival

Keane vs Vieira, Frazier vs Ali, Diarmuid Connolly vs Lee Keegan (ahem) in the modern arena of Irish sport at least! It is said that every great sportsman needs a great rival, and boy does Federer have a pretty good one. Rafael Nadal is another name that will forever be tossed into G.O.A.T debates, and quite rightly. On eight separate occasions, the pair faced off in Grand Slam finals, and for a period of four years, they both featured at either number one or two in the world.

When we look at this great rivalry, it’s often thought that an older Federer is the ruler, whereas Nadal is the worthy competitor. His loftier medal count and his vast wealth often being cited as the reason for his supremacy. But in head to head matchups, Nadal has beaten him more often than not.

his-greatest-rival

Their rivalry is often regarded as one of the greatest in sporting history. Some of the allure of the rivalry is the contrasting personalities of both. Federer is flash, an extroverted business man, who has used his name to create his own fashion brand and amass a serious wealth. Nadal, on the other hand, has never seemed interested by that, preferring to value his privacy.

Will we ever see a great rivalry like this again?

Off The Court

Federer’s success didn’t just happen on the court. Forbes have listed him as the fourth highest paid sports star, only behind footballers Ronaldo and Messi as well as basketball player LeBron James. Only a fraction of this wealth has been acquired through tournament winnings however, with the vast majority of it coming from sponsorship deals and endorsements.

off-the-court

The likes of Murray, Nadal and Wawrinka have all enjoyed success on the tennis court, but none of them have come close to matching Federer’s off-court triumph. He simply is the poster boy of tennis’s “golden era”.

Is There Anything Left To Prove?

If Federer walked away now, he would forever be regarded as a great of the game. His level of skill, coupled with his superstar presence, means that he is very unlikely to be forgotten. But he is not finished yet. Even at the age of thirty-five, when most sports stars would be winding down and making retirement plans, the Swiss Maestro doesn’t seem to be thinking that way.

Is There Anything Left To Prove

Very few get the opportunity to go out on top. But Federer isn’t playing like a star enjoying his final hurrah. His recent performances have oozed class, coolness and gritty determination. He has his eyes on the number one spot. And if the history of his career has taught us anything, we shouldn’t bet against his name being soon perched at the very top of that list again.

Andy Leech
Writes about sport and the general idiocy of the human race. Once read a George Orwell book and now understands life.

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