Roger Federer: Another Grand Slam Title Still Within Reach for Aging Swiss Great

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJanuary 11, 2013

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 08:  Roger Federer of Switzerland serves during practice ahead of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 8, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
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With Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray in peak form in 2013, it's only natural to expect the aging Roger Federer to take a back seat.

Indeed, Federer himself picked Djokovic as the favorite for the upcoming 2013 Australian Open (via

However, taking the 31-year-old Swiss legend out of the picture entirely figures to be a big mistake.

Don't forget, a year ago, everyone was fascinated by Djokovic and Rafael Nadal following fantastic 2011 campaigns—and for good reason. Federer faced Djokovic in the semifinals of the Australian Open and U.S. Open that year and lost both times. He faced Nadal in the final of the French Open and lost that match, too.

Of course, Federer then went 71-12 in 2012, with six singles titles, including another Wimbledon championship.

This, despite turning 31 years old in August.

Federer probably won't win as many singles titles this year (nor have as spectacular a record), due to his age and the recent play of Djokovic and Murray. However, one thing he still has a legitimate shot at is another Grand Slam singles title.

The Swiss was a No. 3 seed at Wimbledon 2012, but that didn't stop him from blowing through Djokovic and Murray in the semifinals and final respectively to claim the trophy.

While age will inevitably catch up to him (as soon as this year), he does still have some left in the tank when most would be plummeting down the rankings. That's because his style of play has always been seemingly effortless. While others charge furiously (like the ailing Nadal), Federer glides as if his feet barely touch the ground. He has also taken great care of his body throughout the years, which certainly helps.

The true greats find ways to win. You see it time and time again. Just when others are ready to write them off (including writers), they explode like they're shot out of a cannon. 

Federer is one of the greatest tennis players—if not the greatest—of all time. He's not going to play as many matches this year to preserve his body, but you can be sure he'll be ready for showtime when the moment comes.

The man who holds the men's record for most Grand Slam singles titles in a career is not immune to old age, but he figures to shock the world at least one more time before he retires from the game he loves.

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