The reality of Roger Federer's decline

Updated: June 21, 2013, 7:42 AM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

There have been numerous hints over the past year suggesting that the erosion of the majestic Roger Federer has unfortunately arrived. The first were rooted in success: He accomplished two of the three feats he craved in winning Wimbledon for a seventh time and regaining the world No. 1 ranking -- and holding it long enough to give him the record of 302 weeks. The only thing he didn't do was win a gold medal in singles at the London Olympics.

By standing at the top of Mount Everest, Federer ...

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