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Novak Djokovic: Loss of No. 1 Ranking Doesn't Mean Federer Has Djoker's Number

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 08:  Seven time Wimbledon Men's Champion Roger Federer attends the Wimbledon Championships 2012 Winners Ball at the InterContinental Park Lane Hotel on July 8, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIIDecember 13, 2016

Even though Roger Federer beat Novak Djokovic in the semifinal round of the 2012 rendition of Wimbledon, Fed-Ex doesn't have Djoker's number.

Yes, Federer will reclaim the No. 1 ranking in men's singles after his record-tying seventh finals victory at the All England Club. But Federer has won just two of the last eight matches against Djokovic.

The Swiss maestro once held a 13-6 advantage over Djokovic in their all-time series, but the 25-year-old Serbian star has closed the gap to 15-12 since that time.

Djokovic was able to hold the No. 1 ranking for 53 consecutive weeks. That would seem impressive if not for Federer's 237 straight weeks from February 2004 to August 2008.

Fed-Ex was brilliant over the favored Djokovic in the semis. That was somewhat expected though, as Federer has never lost in a semifinal match at Wimbledon in his career and it was surprisingly the first meeting between the two on grass at Wimbledon.

In the third set, the older Federer looked rather spry in comparison to his opponent. He forced Djoker to save two break points and endure a pair of marathon rallies. As the match progressed, Federer got better, which is something that we typically see out of Djokovic.

The new No. 1 surely deserves to boast that title, but he won't be there forever. At 30 years old, Federer isn't going to get better at this point in his career. He's surviving on his veteran savvy and skills bound to deteriorate.

Once an athlete hits the big 3-0, especially in a sport where the competition is one-on-one and there is nowhere to hide your deficiencies, the glaring shortcomings show up.

Federer has hardly begun to show those mistakes in his game, but they will in the coming years. Many things in sports can be avoided, but Father Time is absolutely not one of them.

What Federer did at the All England Club was great for the sport and another amazing accomplishment for one of the all-time greats to put on his resume, but he's not going to be around forever.

Djokovic lost at Wimbledon, thus losing his No. 1 ranking, but there will be no denying his return to the top sometime in the future. There's no telling when it will happen, but it's going to happen before his career comes to an end.

One day, a half-decade or so into the future, it will only be Djokovic and Rafael Nadal atop the sport. Federer will have moved on to other life endeavors after his retirement, and the young guns will be left to their own devices in a sport they dominate.

So, enjoy the Federer victory while you can, because he's not going to be one of the best in the world forever. He will eventually grow too old for his perch atop the field, and will give way to Djokovic when his time comes.

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