There have been a lot of discussions happening about Roger Federer’s future these days especially after the defeat of the Swiss legend in the final of the Wimbledon Championships.
While, some people have started to write him off, the others think that he is still good enough to add one or two titles to his Grand Slam tally.
The people who are backing Federer to be able to achieve glory again at the Grand Slam level have their reasons to do so.
Although Federer has not won too many titles this season, he has been playing far better than how he had played last season.
Federer has been to the title round of as many as 6 tournaments so far in 2014 and it clearly shows that he’s been consistent. This consistency was not there in his game in 2013. Not only was he getting beaten by the top players last year, he was suffering defeats against the lower ranked guys as well.
This year, at least, Federer has not been the victim of horrible upsets. Secondly, most of his defeats of late have been narrow ones. In the Wimbledon final too, he wasn’t outplayed by Djokovic. He had pushed the Serbian to the limits and had things gone slightly in his favour during the dying moments of the match, he would probably have pulled that match off.
So, Federer’s fans have all the reasons to keep their belief in him, but, it’s also true that with Nadal and Djokovic around and that too at their peak, it would take a hell of an effort from the Swiss maestro to lift another slam trophy.
There would be many eyes on Federer at Flushing Meadows towards the end of the ongoing season.
Pat Cash, the Aussie who had lifted the singles trophy at All England Club back in 1987, has said that Andy Murray’s desire to achieve success at the top level is not as strong these days as it was a couple of years back and that’s the reason why his performances have been continuously going down.
According to Cash, after creating history by becoming Wimbledon champion last year, Murray got a little complacent and that complacency is still there. He has just not been able to motivate himself enough after that glory.
Four Grand Slam tournaments have taken place so far since the 2013 Wimbledon Championships and Murray has participated in all of them, but, in neither of those tournaments, he has made it to the title round.
He had qualified for the semis in the French Open of this year, but, apart from that, he has been mostly suffering early exits from the slams of late.
Speaking in a programme about the deterioration in Murray’s game in the last few months, Cash said, “I have noticed that after the last year’s Wimbledon, Andy has not been playing with the same kind of intensity and it’s something that can happen to a sportsman. After achieving something spectacular, like the Wimbledon in Andy’s case, people often start struggling to get motivated to achieve more.”
“I feel for Andy to be honest. I have been in the similar sort of situation. After winning the Wimbledon, I got knocked early the following year and the guy who defeated me was a quality player i.e. Boris Becker, but, still, I was embarrassed.”
That Wimbledon championship of 1987 was the only Grand Slam that Cash won in his career. He retired from professional tennis in 1997 at the age of 32.