Has Roger Federer won his last Grand Slam tennis tournament?
Diane Pucin, Los Angeles Times
Roger Federer won’t win another major title.
There is always going to be a Jo-Wilfried Tsonga now, someone younger who is bigger hitter and fearless. At the 2009 U.S. Open final, it was Juan Martin del Potro. At Wimbledon last year, it was Tomas Berdych.
If it isn’t one of those, it's rival Rafael Nadal in the French Open final. Or Novak Djokovic, who could be No. 1 when Wimbledon is over.
Federer is going to have to be content with his 16 major titles and his six Wimbledon championships. Pete Sampras will get to keep his record seven Wimbledon wins.
Federer, who turns 30 next month, is just the tiniest step slower in reaching the net, just a split second tardy in arriving to hit a volley and -- as was obvious Wednesday when Tsonga wasn’t cowed even when down two sets -- Federer is not invincible anymore. Federer is still good, but he's not the best. And in men’s tennis there are a lot of good guys.
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Tom Housenick, The Morning Call
Tennis needs more players and more human beings such as Roger Federer. Unfortunately, his best days on the court are behind him. It’s not out of the question that Federer could win another Grand Slam, but after watching his Wimbledon quarterfinal loss to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the soon-to-be 30-year-old could retire with the 16 major trophies already in his case.
Federer wasn’t sharp in blowing a two-set lead to Tsonga, but it was more than that. The humble, graceful champion seemed slow-footed and his shots lacked crispness. Instead of finishing off the hard-hitting, but (to date) underachieving Tsonga, Federer appeared to wear down. Perhaps it was just the highlight of Tsonga’s career. Perhaps the U.S. Open later this summer will prove that Federer just had a bad day. I hope so. I just don’t think so.]
Photo: Roger Federer. Credit: Susan Mullane / U.S. Presswire