Yesterday, Roger Federer was upset in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon by 19th-ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in five sets. It was the fist time in 179 career Grand Slam matches that Federer lost after winning the first two sets.
But more importantly, it was the second straight year that Federer bowed out at the All-England Club without even reaching the semifinals. This coming after winning six Wimbledon’s in the previous seven years.
So, at age 29, is Federer done?
If Federer doesn’t win the US Open, a tournament he hasn’t won since 2008, this would mark the first year that Federer didn’t win a Grand Slam since 2002.
Below is a look at Federer’s career in the Grand Slams, since 2003, the year he won his first Slam.
From 2006 through 2009, a span of 16 Grand Slams, Federer was in the finals of 15 of those tourneys, winning nine times. However, since winning the Australian Open last year, Federer has only made it to the finals of one Slam (2011 French Open). And three times he didn’t even make it to the semis.
Is Rog on the downswing of his career? Without a doubt. Can he win another Slam? Sure. But at this point it might take an unexpected run in the twilight of a great career. Because there is no reason right now why Federer will ever be the favourite to win another Grand Slam.
All data via ESPN.com
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