Roger Federer: Why His Legacy Is Set to Last

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Roger Federer does not win as often as he used to. His appearance in the second week of a Grand Slam is no longer a given, and the kind of match he once won with ease can present a five-set struggle for the Swiss tennis player. He does not have a death-grip on the world’s number 1 ranking anymore, but certain records are likely to remain his.

Consider Federer’s 70th win at the Australian Open, a feat that came after beating Blaz Kavcic 6-2, 6-1, 7-6. The victory extended his win total Down Under well beyond Stefan Edberg’s 56 wins. Novak Djokovic has 43 wins in Australia, and 40 belong to Rafael Nadal. Federer then extended the streak in Australia to 73-10 while advancing to his 11th consecutive Melbourne semi-final after beating Andy Murray 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3. That set up a showdown with top-ranked Nadal.

At 32 years old, Federer is the oldest of the three and although he has shown some signs of slowing down, he is still a force to reckon with. Nadal is 27, and Djokovic is 26. If they want to rack up more wins that Federer in Australia, or break other Swiss-made records, they will not only need to keep pace with however he preforms now, but also outpace him in years to come.

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