33 years old and not feeling it. Getting older means getting better with Roger Federer. After more than one year, specifically after May 2013, the 17-time Grand Slam champion will be ranked once again at World No.2, overtaking eternal rival Rafael Nadal (ousted by Lopez in Shanghai) starting from next Monday.
The chasing started at the beginning of the year, when Roger Federer was back from a disappointing 2013 season, passed dealing with a back injury and failing to reach a Grand Slam final or winning a Masters 1000 title. Many thought it was the final beginning of the end for the Swiss maestro.
Capable of winning the 2012 title at the Championships of Wimbledon, exactly ten years after Pete Sampras"s successful ending at the US Open, Roger was expected to surrender to his physical oldness and pains. A new racquet, a new man in his stand, a champion such as Stefan Edberg, and in 2014 Roger Federer proved everyone wrong.
Starting with the semifinal reached at the Australian Open, the Swiss went on to win titles in Dubai and Halle, to then take Novak Djokovic to a 5th in the final at Wimbledon. The American summer saw Roger winning another Masters 1000 title in Cincinnati, two years after his last success conquered at that level in Ohio.
Results brought points, points resulted in Roger starting to climb the rankings yet again, all the way to World No.2, starting from next Monday, surpassing Rafael Nadal to put pressure on Novak Djokovic, with a chance to dream even bigger, to go one step further in this final indoor part of the season.
The match that allowed Roger back at World No.2 has been an emotional roller coaster for his fans and tennis experts.