Roger Federer continues to dominate in the twilight of his career

Roger Federer continues to dominate in the twilight of his career

first_imgRoger Federer isn’t getting older by the look of things.  Because the man from Basel, just gets better and better even at the age of 36.After two grueling rounds at the US Open, The Swiss swept aside his last two opponents in straight sets to reach the quarters at Flushing Meadows.He beat Feliciano Lopez in third round 6-3 6-3 7-5 and then extended his career run to 12-0 against German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber after drubbing him 6-4 6-2 7-5 to reach the quarters.RECORDS CONTINUE TO TUMBLEReuters PhotoThis going to be his 51st Grand Slam quarters — the third most by any player. He is behind Chris Evert, who has featured in 54 and Martina Navratilova, who has played in 53 Grand Slam quarter-finals.He will now face Juan Martin del Potro in the quarter-final — the man who won his only career Grand Slam by defeating Federer in 2009. Incidentally, that was also the US Open.However, the situation is different now. While del Potro is suffering from niggles and is not entirely on top of his game, Federer has been defying critics after returning from his injury. He is chasing his third Grand Slam title this year after winning the Australian Open and the Wimbledon championship. This is also going to be his sixth title if he wins it in this calendar year and his 20th career Grand Slam overall.QUEST FOR NO.1Reuters PhotoFederer, whose five titles this year has come at Australian Open, Indian Wells, Miami Open, Halle Open and Wimbledon, has already qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals in November. He had started the season ranked 16, he is now ranked third, just behind Rafeal Nadal and Andy Murray. While getting the first rank might be difficult for him, but a win in US and a big finish towards the end of the year might well give him a glimmer of a hope to overtake the Briton and chase down the Spanaird, who himself is enjoying a resurgence of sorts.advertisementAnd talking of No.1, Nadal might have a say as well because if he beats Andrey Rublev in the last eight and Federer goes past the Argentine, they’re all set to meet each other for the first time at Flushing Meadows.The two have already delivered a classic in a Grand Slam final Down Under earlier this year and it is expected that they will do so once again. The win is not going to come easy for Federer but if it comes, his domination in the twilight of his career and then going out on a high will be remembered by all Federer and tennis fans.last_img

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