Did anyone expect a Federer victory lap in 2020?!

Hitman

Professional
Just think about that for a moment.

Got the party kick-started back in 1999! :eek:

More than two decades elapse and he’s still taking names. :oops:

Even the naysayers are slowly coming around to the stark realization that Roger Federer fuels their fervor! :D

Here’s to... the future!!!!!!!!!!!!! (y)
Federer is still partying like it is 1999! :cool:


and STILL making haters cry ;) (y)
 
Just think about that for a moment.

Got the party kick-started back in 1999! :eek:

More than two decades elapse and he’s still taking names. :oops:

Even the naysayers are slowly coming around to the stark realization that Roger Federer fuels their fervor! :D

Here’s to... the future!!!!!!!!!!!!! (y)
Has beat the likes of Sampras, Agassi, Djoker, Rafa, Chang, and whoever the future "ATG" is supposed to be.

TIGER.
 
‘98!!!!!!!! *facepalm*

The Prince-style partying was still a thing, tho’! Believe that!

Anyway, yeah.

Man, how many coattails can one dude offer the chasing pack?!?! :oops:
 

Tennis_Hands

Talk Tennis Guru
Wimbledon, white kit and a bandana: Federer beats the #1 player in the world from the generation after Tistsi's and falls to his knees in disbelief. Then gets up triumphantly to greet his defeated opponent. Mayhem ensues.

 

Azure

Legend
I think he is first player to compete in four different decades. I could be wrong, but I don't see anyone else who could have done that. Connors did three decades.
I think it's also the timing. Navratilova played all the way from mid 70's (I guess 74') to around 2005 - that's three decades but had she started from say 69' it would have covered 4 decades - remarkable. All these athletes have bolstered their already stellar records with records of longevity and consistency as well.
 

Hitman

Professional
I think it's also the timing. Navratilova played all the way from mid 70's (I guess 74') to around 2005 - that's three decades but had she started from say 69' it would have covered 4 decades - remarkable. All these athletes have bolstered their already stellar records with records of longevity and consistency as well.
It absolutely is.
 

alexio88

Hall of Fame
I think he is first player to compete in four different decades. I could be wrong, but I don't see anyone else who could have done that. Connors did three decades.
why 4? it's 3 till now.. if he will be on the tour when 2021 hits the door then yeah it's gonna be 4 decades
 

Red Rick

Talk Tennis Guru
I think it might happen, with the Olympics being the reason. I also thought it might happen cause towards the end of last year it seemed as if he may not finish in the top 5 this year.

We'll see. I always expected him to announce the retirement a decent amount of time in advance, but I also don't expect him to quit when he was a 40-15 away from winning a Slam this year.
 

Hitman

Professional
I think it might happen, with the Olympics being the reason. I also thought it might happen cause towards the end of last year it seemed as if he may not finish in the top 5 this year.

We'll see. I always expected him to announce the retirement a decent amount of time in advance, but I also don't expect him to quit when he was a 40-15 away from winning a Slam this year.
I agree with you on that. I think he will want to right some serious wrongs from his perspective. He knows he can still go also.
 

Red Rick

Talk Tennis Guru
I agree with you on that. I think he will want to right some serious wrongs from his perspective. He knows he can still go also.
Big issue for him now is he can only bring his A game for short patches of matches, and it seems like he doesn't have the endurance to go Bo5 on HCs anymore. I see him dropping out of the top 4 simply because Medvedev and Thiem are likely to gain some decent points before the clay season while Fed defends a LOT in Dubai/IW/Miami. That ranking hitch won't be good for him, but he'll probably get the top 4 seed at Wimbly anyway and dropping out of the top 8 seeds is a much, much bigger problem.
 

Tennis_Hands

Talk Tennis Guru
Big issue for him now is he can only bring his A game for short patches of matches, and it seems like he doesn't have the endurance to go Bo5 on HCs anymore. I see him dropping out of the top 4 simply because Medvedev and Thiem are likely to gain some decent points before the clay season while Fed defends a LOT in Dubai/IW/Miami. That ranking hitch won't be good for him, but he'll probably get the top 4 seed at Wimbly anyway and dropping out of the top 8 seeds is a much, much bigger problem.
It is one of the other two who is going to do the dropping out soon, so "Fedr".

 

Hitman

Professional
Big issue for him now is he can only bring his A game for short patches of matches, and it seems like he doesn't have the endurance to go Bo5 on HCs anymore. I see him dropping out of the top 4 simply because Medvedev and Thiem are likely to gain some decent points before the clay season while Fed defends a LOT in Dubai/IW/Miami. That ranking hitch won't be good for him, but he'll probably get the top 4 seed at Wimbly anyway and dropping out of the top 8 seeds is a much, much bigger problem.
I agree that the endurance issue is becoming more and more prevalent in Federer's game. Naturally it is not going to get any easier, and lets not also forget that even when he is playing well, he is still carrying that issue with his back, where it can flare up any time. He was doing just fine at USO this season until that issue came back. So he will an have uphill struggle, but he is still a contender for a couple of the slams, Wimbledon especially. The next gen haven't really showed much on grass these past few years, it is still the old guard, so Federer will still be looking for a chance there for sure.
 

ForehandRF

Hall of Fame
Big issue for him now is he can only bring his A game for short patches of matches, and it seems like he doesn't have the endurance to go Bo5 on HCs anymore. I see him dropping out of the top 4 simply because Medvedev and Thiem are likely to gain some decent points before the clay season while Fed defends a LOT in Dubai/IW/Miami. That ranking hitch won't be good for him, but he'll probably get the top 4 seed at Wimbly anyway and dropping out of the top 8 seeds is a much, much bigger problem.
If he drops out the top 4 it's your fault :sneaky:
 

Azure

Legend
I agree that the endurance issue is becoming more and more prevalent in Federer's game. Naturally it is not going to get any easier, and lets not also forget that even when he is playing well, he is still carrying that issue with his back, where it can flare up any time. He was doing just fine at USO this season until that issue came back. So he will an have uphill struggle, but he is still a contender for a couple of the slams, Wimbledon especially. The next gen haven't really showed much on grass these past few years, it is still the old guard, so Federer will still be looking for a chance there for sure.
The next gen is struggling the most on grass but what was most disappointing to me this year was that other than Medvedev (again we have to see him perform in 2020 which I still have doubts) the other young guys did horribly in USO. I would expect that slow HC really would suit their games.
 

Hitman

Professional
The next gen is struggling the most on grass but what was most disappointing to me this year was that other than Medvedev (again we have to see him perform in 2020 which I still have doubts) the other young guys did horribly in USO. I would expect that slow HC really would suit their games.
It could be the long season also taking an impact on them. USO happens after a very long and gruelling several months of tennis, and a lot of these younger players play a lot between Wimbledon and the Canada also. Now, we can say they are much younger and should recover faster, but it still takes a massive toll on the body, add to that the travelling, the training and then going to play some best of five matches, I don't think many are ready for this. What Medvedev did was nothing short of incredible this summer, but even he started to feel the burnout later.
 

Azure

Legend
It could be the long season also taking an impact on them. USO happens after a very long and gruelling several months of tennis, and a lot of these younger players play a lot between Wimbledon and the Canada also. Now, we can say they are much younger and should recover faster, but it still takes a massive toll on the body, add to that the travelling, the training and then going to play some best of five matches, I don't think many are ready for this. What Medvedev did was nothing short of incredible this summer, but even he started to feel the burnout later.
Which actually puts things in perspective! Fed used to play 5 set matches in the occasional masters, went deep in all slams and was always around fresh and ready for the next. Amazing. o_O
 

Hitman

Professional
Which actually puts things in perspective! Fed used to play 5 set matches in the occasional masters, went deep in all slams and was always around fresh and ready for the next. Amazing. o_O
People often talk about how much a beast Nadal and Djokovic are, Federer also was one during his peak. He went 92-5 in 2006 - That is just nuts.
 
Federer was an animal in 2006, on every surface no less. It took the God of clay to make any breakthroughs against him.
Yeah, man.

And the typical pattern in sport is for these icons to fade from their former glory, generally within a few years.

Federer put hammerings on the top two players in the world... 13 years later. Just astounding.
 

ForehandRF

Hall of Fame
People often talk about how much a beast Nadal and Djokovic are, Federer also was one during his peak. He went 92-5 in 2006 - That is just nuts.
It's unbelivable that he played almost 100 matches in a single season and that in times when the masters finals were BO5.He rarely receives credit for that from the rival fanbases.They just put the label 'weak' for 2006 and that's all.
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
Big issue for him now is he can only bring his A game for short patches of matches, and it seems like he doesn't have the endurance to go Bo5 on HCs anymore. I see him dropping out of the top 4 simply because Medvedev and Thiem are likely to gain some decent points before the clay season while Fed defends a LOT in Dubai/IW/Miami. That ranking hitch won't be good for him, but he'll probably get the top 4 seed at Wimbly anyway and dropping out of the top 8 seeds is a much, much bigger problem.
Excellent post, I agree with it all except for Medvedev. After that choke against Rafa at the YEC, we'll have to see what game he brings in 2020, because that choke (and his entire season after the USO) was pathetic.

Fed defends 2100 points from Dubai/IW/Miami, but you neglect to mention he has a chance to gain serious points at the AO, which would provide a cushion. He's only defending 180 points at the AO. If he makes the semis, he adds 540 additional points right there.

The bigger fear for Fed is that he has 1000+ clay points to defend, that will likely be much tougher to defend than the early season points.
 

Hitman

Professional
Yeah, man.

And the typical pattern in sport is for these icons to fade from their former glory, generally within a few years.

Federer put hammerings on the top two players in the world... 13 years later. Just astounding.
There are probably some posters here that weren't even born then, who have just started to go through puberty. What he has done, and how he reinvented himself to continue to keep himself relevant is a startling revelation in tennis history. As Djokovic himself said, Federer's longevity inspires everyone, that is the sign of a trailblazer or trendsetter. Breaking the mould of what a tennis player can do.
 

Hitman

Professional
It's unbelivable that he played almost 100 matches in a single season and that in times when the masters finals were BO5.He rarely receives credit for that from the rival fanbases.They just put the label 'weak' for 2006 and that's all.
Of course, you know some people need to sleep at night. But that is just a select few, many classy fans from rival fanbases admire, respect and acknowledge what Federer did, does and continues to do in this sport.
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
He rarely receives credit for that from the rival fanbases.They just put the label 'weak' for 2006 and that's all.
As if any of the "weak era" proponents were even watching tennis in 2006 or have the basic knowledge of Masters 1000's being BO5. They have their scripted talking points and parrot them like the fools they are.
 
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