Roger Federer may be the greatest tennis player of all time, but is time running out on his greatness in the present tense? The No. 1 seed was eliminated in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon on Wednesday, marking the first time since 2002 that the Swiss master won't be in the final. Federer still has a Grand Slam win this year at the Australian Open, and it's not as if falling in the quarterfinals is an embarrassment that would get you suspended for two years by Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan. But this is Federer we're talking about, and his postmatch injury hints notwithstanding, he's held to a certain standard.
Then again, at least one resident of SportsNation thinks the answer may have less to do with Federer slowing down than something else slowing down.
Mark Zabierek (Heinz Field Parking Lot C)
At least Venus didn't claim injury in her press conference like Roger did. Was there a reason to mention the back and leg?
Great point, Catrice (do people call you Cat?): There was a lot of eye-rolling when Fed dropped the injury card in his press conference. Felt like a rationalization/excuse to me. As Berdych and other have said, everyone's hurting at this point in the tournament. Full transcript
Roger needs to get his head in the game. Honestly I think Nadal has effected Rogers play. Roger was thinking about being in the Finals not getting to the finals. Rogers coach needs to chew him out and get him serious again. All sports are 90% mental.” -- Travis-Deal
I have great admiration for what Fed has accomplished, but Laver will always be the GOAT. Can you imagine what he would have done if he had not "lost" those 5 years as a pro?” -- happyincinci