Age is just a number, just ask Roger Federer. Federer is putting together a statistically steady year that notes a 17-game win streak. Federer is out to prove that he is back and is here to stay.
Federer is showing the signs of his youth once again. We have all become witnesses to his immaculate forehands he manages to drop down the lines with pointblank accuracy. However, it is his increased footwork abilities and returns, rather, that have him charging in 2012.
In critical situations, it's been said Miami Heat forward LeBron James cannot take the big shot. Maybe he should leave it up to Federer to clean up the mess.
So far in the French Open, Federer is making quick work of his competition, working past the fourth round by defeating David Goffin in Sunday’s match—David versus Goliath, if you will—Goffin, a young 21-year-old of Belgium, didn't let Federer have his way, as he took the first set of the match.
However, that is all Goffin would muster against his role model. The set victory, definitely left a minor imprint on Federer, owner of 16 major championships. A win, yes, but a win that left him taken aback as he patted Goffin's head after the match.
Moving into the quarterfinals, Federer will play Juan Martin del Potro. The last time the two faced off was in Rotterdam, where Federer had the best of del Potro, clinching his first of back-to-back ATP World Tour titles for 2012.
A minor side note, Federer capped off a milestone feat this weekend, tying Jimmy Connors with most career victories in Grand Slams with 233. He surpassed the benchmark by handily defeating Adrian Ungur in the second round of the French Open and now sits atop history with 236 wins.
Despite the French Open’s lengthy matches, needing to take three sets to advance, Federer is acclimating at will, fending off point after point and nailing home the match points freely.
Federer opened the season in unfamiliar territory, opting to withdraw from the tournament due to injury. Until that moment, he had never taken himself out of match play due to injury-related issues. The threat of injury and age have riled journalists into the speculation that his time is nearing the end.
Whoever is questioning his ability to keep up must be out of this world. Don't fret, I am here to say those accusations need to be thrown away. The great ones always find ways to win, just as Federer has done throughout his career. Despite minor pitfalls, he always finds ways to cut his losses and storm back into the picture. Resiliency is one of Federer's most valuable attributes.
Federer is riding the comeback tour and is doing so with efficiency, drawing upon his wicked forehand to lengthen his distance from his competition.
The third-seeded Federer will look to extend his chances and reach the French open finals, looking to tally another Grand Slam title event to his prestigious career.