Roger Federer's five-year wait nears an end

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Australian Open champion Roger Federer (Getty Pictures)

Roger Federer will develop into the world primary for the primary time in over 5 years subsequent week if the 36-yr-previous Swiss reaches the semi-finals on the Rotterdam Open.

After knee surgical procedure in 2016, Federer’s profession has gone from power to power regardless of his advancing years, whereas his closest rivals all proceed to wrestle.

Having returned on the Australian Open two years in the past, Federer has added one other three grand slam titles to his tally – taking it to twenty – however reaching the highest of the rankings has continued to elude him.

Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal have all sat above Federer in recent times because the “fab 4” have dominated the lads’s recreation.

Nevertheless, with Djokovic (elbow) and Murray (hip) each spending a big period of time on the sidelines it has turn into a straight battle with Nadal for prime spot.

Accidents haven’t eluded Nadal, both, opening the door for the evergreen Federer to edge nearer to reclaiming the world primary spot – a place he has not occupied since Nov. four, 2012.

Nadal’s 2018 Australian Open led to retirement on the quarter-remaining stage whereas Federer went on to say the crown, enabling him to shut inside one hundred fifty five factors of the Spaniard within the rankings, and after accepting a wildcard in Rotterdam, there might be a altering of the guard.

REMEMBERING 2004

The achievement would come 14 years since he first turned world primary, one other prime instance of Federer’s longevity.

To emphasize that additional, the highest-10 Federer first reigned over seemed like this….

1. Roger Federer
2. Juan Carlos Ferrero
three. Andy Roddick
four. Guillermo Coria
5. Andre Agassi
6. Rainer Schuttler
7. Carlos Moya
eight. David Nalbandian
9. Mark Philippoussis
10. Paradorn Srichaphan

Not a type of names are nonetheless enjoying aside from Federer, though his lengthy-time period rival Nadal was starting his personal quest. The then 17-yr-previous ranked fortieth.

On the WTA aspect, Justine Henin was the dominant participant, enhanced by her personal victory at Melbourne Park – the third and ultimate grand slam title of her profession. Henin, who’s 10 months youthful than Federer, turned professional a yr after the Swiss and retired in 2011.

ALL HAIL BRADY

Elsewhere in sport, it was additionally a momentous time for Tom Brady as he celebrated his second Tremendous Bowl ring with the Patriots.

The quarterback, who was denied a sixth title by the Eagles final week, threw for 354 yards and three touchdowns in New England’s 32-29 win over the Panthers.

Brady was named MVP after his show in a match that’s equally properly-remembered for Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction in the course of the halftime efficiency with Justin Timberlake.

DOMINANT GUNNERS MARCH ON

As Federer sat on prime of the world, Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal have been equally as dominant within the Premier League.

In early February, the Gunners have been two factors away from Manchester United within the desk, and it will go on to turn out to be one of the crucial memorable campaigns of their historical past.

Arsenal completed the 2003-04 season as champions, the final time they lifted the trophy, and as ‘Invincibles’ having accomplished the 38 matches unbeaten – a run that might stretch to an spectacular forty nine matches in complete.

MILESTONES FOR WARNEY AND LEFTY 

A month later Shane Warne celebrated his five hundredth Check wicket, eradicating Sri Lanka’s Hashan Tillakaratne in Galle – the Australia leg-spinner solely the second man to succeed in the milestone.

April noticed a momentous second for an additional sporting icon as Phil ‘Lefty’ Mickelson lastly lifted his first main, profitable the Masters to say the inexperienced jacket at Augusta.

Federer’s yr ended with him holding on to prime spot after profitable Wimbledon and the US Open. Ought to he repeat that feat this yr he would transfer degree with Steffi Graf on 22 grand slam titles.