Is Roger Federer from Outer Space?

The 2014 ‘magic’ run continues and Roger Federer at 33 yearls old is defeating players who are 8-10 years younger with ease and challenging Novak Djokovic for the ATP world rankings No:1 position merely 490 points behind Djokovic. Wow!!!!

After the 2013 decline, you have to be out of this world or almost have alien powers to perform like this!

What are other players of Roger Federer’s generation doing?…David Nalbadian (retired), Andy Roddick (retired) Marat Safin (retired) Lleyton Hewitt (Nr. 52 ATP), Nikolay Davydenko (just retired)!

A few years ago on July 6th 2009, Federer regained the No. 1 from his great rival, Rafael Nadal, Federer and had to wait 25 months for this spell at the summit of tennis. When it came, on 9 July 2012, it was a result of a stellar 12 months of success. Federer ended his third stint at No. 1 after 17 weeks for 302 total weeks.

Now once again Roger is looking to regain the Nr.1 position on the ATP world rankings.

Some say, ‘It is miraculous how he can play tennis at 33 as if he is 20’! I can not agree anymore especially after seeing the natural and understandable decline of 2013.

Roger Federer reversed the declining trend and at the Swiss Indoors 2014 was contesting his 11th Basel final, winning his sixth title in eight years and first since 2011.

The record speaks volumes for this out of this world performances.

Tournaments Roger Federer as won six or more titles:

Gerry Weber Open (Halle) 7
Wimbledon 7
Barclays ATP World Tour Finals 6
Western & Southern Open (Cincinnati) 6
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships 6
Swiss Indoors Basel 6

Singles

Career record 989–225 (81.47% in Grand Slam and ATP World Tour main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)

Career titles 82

Highest ranking No. 1 (2 February 2004)
Current ranking No. 2 (27 October 2014)

Grand Slam Singles results:
Australian Open W (2004, 2006, 2007, 2010)
French Open W (2009)
Wimbledon W (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012)
US Open W (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)

Other tournaments:

ATP World tour Career titles 82

ATP World Tour Finals W (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011)

In 2014, after a dismal 2013 captured a lone title in June at Halle (d. Youzhny) and a drop in the ATP world rankings to Nr6 followed.

Nevertheless, in 2014 Roger Federer came out of the gallows Nr.6 (for his standards) and improved to an ATP World Tour-leading of Wins 66- Losses 10, with 5 ATP Tour titles and 5 runners-up record.

This kind of total record, incredible raises in playing and physical performance level, has never happened in tennis or in any other sport. (Perhaps excepting Andre Agassi, but he later on confessed to drug use which for me invalidates any records, just like John McEnroe who said ‘unknowingly’ used anabolic steroids of the type used for horses during his career!)

The outlandish performances that go with this unbelievable record are comparable only to those of Lance Armstrong who won seven Tour the France cycling titles, to lose them all after getting caught for Doping!

‘It would be very special to reclaim No. 1,’ said Federer. ‘World No. 1 is what it’s all about in our game. With the year I have had and the amount of finals I have played, the level of tennis I have played, I am pleased to see that I have a shot. But having a shot and being there is two separate things. I am sure that Novak is going to come in very motivated, just after having a baby. I am very happy for him. There are clearly interesting weeks ahead.’

Yes indeed, it would be very special for Roger Federer to reclaim No. 1, but at 33 years old one has to wonder were does he get this ‘super powers’ from?

My view.

Sergio Cruz

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