36-year-old Roger Federer is arguably the greatest tennis player ever, but is his historic run coming to an end? Recently, Federer dropped down to #2 in the ATP World ranking points after Rafael Nadal’s outstanding U.S. open win. Despite winning two Grand Slams this year, it’s official that after Federer’s latest injury he is starting to lose his mojo. With the way Nadal is playing, the more he thrives the more fans can see Federer’s demise.
At the Laver Cup this past weekend, Nadal and Federer competed for the first time as doubles partners. They took home the championship after defeating Americans Sam Querrey and Jack Sock. Even in this shining moment, Federer continues to fall in the shadows of Nadal. Currently, Nadal has not yet surpassed Federer’s 19 Grand Slam wins but from the looks of it, he is well on his way. Also, add in the fact that he is five years younger than Federer and looking to be in the top form of his career. Federer even realizes this himself, saying “Am I surprised that he’s World #1 right now? Maybe a little bit, just because last year we were at the Academy both injured not knowing where our careers were going to go.” Was this Federer admitting that Nadal can surpass him? I’ll let you be the judge, but for me that certainly seems to be the case.
Take a look at the current top 5 players in the ATP World rankings:
- Rafael Nadal- 9465
- Roger Federer- 7505
- Andy Murray- 6790
- Alex Zverev- 4310
- Marin Cilic- 4155
Source: The Metro UK