A gentleman and the sport’s top ambassador, Federer, who turns the Big 4-0 on Aug. 8, has been a joy to watch.
As Roger Federer and his balky knees approach 40 years old, it looks as if Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will surpass the Swiss Maestro’s once-untouchable record of 20 Grand Slam titles.
But unquestionably nobody will pass Federer as the most popular, elegant tennis player ever — with his beautiful all-court game, picture-perfect sliced backhand, touch volleys and crosscourt top-spin forehand.
Djokovic will be the heavy favorite as he vies for the first men’s singles calendar-year Grand Slam since Rod Laver in 1969. A Wimbledon title also would tie him with Federer and Nadal for the record 20 Grand Slam titles.
Still, Federer’s legacy will forever sparkle, even if he hasn’t won a major since the Aussie Open in 2018. Wimbledon has always been Federer’s most treasured spot — the grass court suiting his game best. He has eight Wimbledon titles and this could be his grass-court swan song.