They say Father Time always wins, but he hasn’t claimed victory over the best in the biz just yet. Something happened in the sports world this week that has not occurred since 1976. Roger Federer claimed the Wimbledon title for the eighth time without dropping a set. Bjorn Borg was the last man to do this over 40 years ago.
In doing so, the 35-year-old Swiss third seed extended his record of most Grand Slam titles to 19, and joined Nadal, 10-time French Open Champ, as the only other player in history to win a Grand Slam at least eight different times. He finished the final round just as he did all tournament: in straight sets, just under two hours, and became the oldest man in the Open era to win the coveted crown.
I assume most of you tuned in on Sunday, being that there is not a whole lot going on in the rest of the sports domain, to watch Federer continue his legacy of greatness.
After taking six months off last season to rest, Roger Federer bounded back and claimed the Australian Open title early in 2017.
Federer decided not to participate in this year’s clay-court season and the Roland Garros (French Open), which I do not blame him with the way Rafael Nadal has been playing of late. The rest allowed Roger to focus on his best tournament outing: lawn tennis at Wimbledon.
“I knew I could do great again maybe one day, but not at this level,” Federer said after his second Slam title in 2017. “So I guess you would have laughed, too, if I told you I was going to win two slams this year.”
Yes, Roger, I am laughing. I am laughing because I am happy for your achievement, but mostly because I find what you are accomplishing this tennis season at your age hard to believe. Roger has officially returned to greatness and his play on the court have proven to be impregnable once again.
2017 has been the year the clock has rolled back in the tennis world. After the upcoming tournaments in Montreal and Cincinnati, Nadal has a chance to claim the number one overall spot in men’s rankings, with Federer close behind at number two. What year is it again?
During this time of year when all we really have is Major League Baseball and we wait on the edge of our seats for kickoff of the upcoming football season, I would like to encourage you to pay some attention and give a little love to the greatest player of one of the greatest sports in the world.
What Federer has done of late is true sporting greatness, and I for one am glad to be alive to witness it. No more talk about He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named in New England. Federer is truly the Greatest of All Time.