For an older generation, Roger Federer has been a bridge to the last generation, where he defeated previous legends Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. And for historians, Fed is simply a portal for all previous generations, like Ken Rosewall and the other GOAT, Rod Laver, whom Federer graciously pays tribute each year with the Laver Cup.
And despite it all, he has not only inspired countless generations to be better players, but also to be better people. His penchant for decency and ethical contribution to the improvement of sport is the reason why he is, and will continue to be, such a beloved figure in our social lexicon.
For so long, for decades, we've grown used to his graceful presence on the Tour, where he has produced all the shots, and added some of his own, thrown from impossible angles across the pitch, effortlessly and with one movement.
amazing. . There is simply no one who moves with the kind of impressive poise that Roger Federer personifies. We will never see someone like him again. We have just gotten used to it taking our breath away. Is it any wonder we demand that artistic perfection last forever? Of course, there is a great cost to show us such excellence.
We have been in awe for so long that we have lost all perspective on the process. I, for one, have been fascinated to witness the struggle to recover after a devastating loss. Fed's ability to reinvent himself, such as when he chose to adapt his game to a bigger racket and perfect his weaker backhand, has been an elixir for the sport.
We just think that he can do it over and over again. Anyone, why not? The 20-time slam champion has defied expectations of his demise for the better part of a decade. Since 2011 there have been calls for his retirement, demanded by our search for perfection.
What's wrong with continuing to play the game that you love so much, a game that you love too? Ask Martina Navratilova, who, at the age of 37, overcame her last singles career at Wimbledon, an inspiring opportunity to fight one last time in a final that nearly gave her a 10th singles title there, before succumbing to a three-set loss to Conchita Martinez in 1994.
Gunthardt reflects on Roger Federer
Roger Federer was dumped out of Wimbledon in the quarterfinals by Poland's Hubert Hurkacz earlier this week. The Swiss suffered one of the worst losses of his career, falling 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-0.
"Given his preparation, the quarter-final is a good result," Gunthardt said. "But Wimbledon was not a step forward after Paris. He already had that level there. In Doha and Paris, he played with a completely different mindset, loosely.
He clearly said that this was (his) only preparation, that it would only really count in Wimbledon. And then Wimbledon started and he felt the pressure," he added. Gunthardt believes Federer needs wins against top players like Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev to gain confidence on the big stage once again.
"He lacks confidence and that affects his footwork. There is no way around big victories. He hasn't beaten anyone yet, which gave him the certainty: I can compete with the best again. He still lacks this confirmation. He needs wins against the likes of Medvedev and Zverev," he added.