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Roger Federer won a Grand Slam at age 36, when will the young guys take over?

Discussion in 'Tennis' started by sport maestro, Feb 1, 2018.

  1. sport maestro

    sport maestro Active Member

    Caroline Wozniacki and Roger Federer both came away from Melbourne as Australian Open champions and at this point, I'm seriously worried for Men's tennis. Infact let me say Men's Tennis are in tatters if Roger Federer at the age of 36 could win three of the last five Grand Slam event, all the others players should cover their heads in shame.

    Tennis has seen teenage winners at majors, players peak in the early 20s. Exactly 10 years ago, the ages of the top five players were 25, 20, 24, 25 and 26, respectively. You had to go all the way down to the 26th-ranked player in the world to find the first 30-year-old in the rankings.

    • Michael Chang the youngest Grand Slam winner in 1989 won his first Roland Garros title at age 17 3months and 10 days.
    • Boris Becker in 1985 won his first Wimbledon title at age 17 7months and 15 days.
    • Mats Wilander in 1982 won his first Roland Garros title at age 17 9months and 15days.
    • Bjorn Borg in 1974 won his Roland Garros title at age 18 and 10days.
    • Rafael Nadal in 2005 won his first Roland Garros title at age 19 and 2days.
    • Pete Sampras in 1990 won his first US Open title at age 19 and 28days.
    • Lleyton Hewitt in 2001 won his first US Open title at age 20 6months and 16 days.
    • John McEnroe in 1979 won his first US Open title at age 20 6months and 24days.
    • Marat Safin in 2000 won his first US Open title at age 20 7months and 14days.
    • Novak Djokovic in 2008 won his first Australian Open title at age 20 8months and 5days.
    • Gustavo Kuerten in 1997 won his first Roland Garros at age 20 8months and 29days.
    • Andy Roddick in 2003 won his first US Open title at age 21 years, 8 days.
    • Roger Federer in 2003 won his first Wimbledon title at age 21 years, 333 days.

    So the question is what is wrong with the like of Alexander Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov, Nick Kyrgios, Stefanos Tsitsipas and the others? This is the first time a male tennis player will win 20 Grand Slam now four more than Rafa Nadal, his nearest challenger in the men’s game, and his 30th appearance in a final. Roger Federer has done himself a lot of good, he's the Greatest Of All Time (G.O.A.T) thanks to the young guys who have refused to take over.

    Who are the biggest name in tennis right? You get to hear names like Rafael Nadal who is 31, Stan Wawrinka 32 and Roger Federer 36. Novak Djokovic 30 and Andy Murray 30 are also big players save for the injury that plagued their 2017 season.

    Until the final in the just concluded Australian Open, Federer hadn’t lost a set. When will the young guys take over like it use to be? When will the Old Men dominance end? A year ago, when he returned from six months off to allow a back problem to settle, he won the title against all odds and expectations, his major contender was old Rafael Nadal who was almost 31 at that time.

    We are not suppose to be missing the likes of Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, the young players are expected to be giving us the best games but their middle name is lackadaisical, they've been inconsistent. At the time Murray, Nadal and Djokovic were all playing well, Federer was no where to be found.

    With Federer still on top makes tennis very boring, it was Federer who dethroned Pete Sampras at Wimbledon. Sampras had a very good run, winning 7 Wimbledon titles in 8 years. So who's going to dethrone and retire Federer?

    Without taking anything away from the old tennis players who with advancements in the understanding of exercise, nutrition and recovery are now learning to take care of their bodies and are prepared to delay their tennis twilight.

    The young players have failed to give their best, teenagers and kids in their early-20s simply don’t have the stamina which have becomes more crucial than ever. The older one have developed better fitness, builds, stamina and power, and have also taken advantage of the newest tennis tech.

    How will the rankings look in five years? Will the teens and young players be atop the sport as 30-somethings? Will the generation of Zverev, Kyrgios and Tiafoe jump them completely, bringing tennis back from over the hill?

    Or will it still be Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka, Roger Federer. Only time can tell. What do you think. Have a say, drop your comments below

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