The writing is on the wall.
His shocking quarterfinals ouster by Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was a true testament to the Swiss giant’s struggles in 2013. While it could be construed as a decline, the fact is that we just don’t know what is in store for the all-time Grand Slam king.
This latest disappointment, though, has invigorated the on-going debate about Federer’s longevity in the sport. He has won just one slam during his past 13 attempts after securing 16 of his 17 titles before the seventh year of his career.
After a poor showing at Roland Garros, Federer has turned his attentions to his next chance at adding another Grand Slam to his bustling trophy case. Wimbledon has been good to Fed in the past, making it a perfect sanctuary for the reeling superstar.
While Nadal has been preparing to meet David Ferrer in the Roland Garros finale, the defending tournament champion has begun preparing for his late-June descent on the All England Club.
For his career, Federer has seven victories at Wimbledon. That ties him for the most all-time with fellow greats Pete Sampras and William Renshaw.
Speaking of Sampras, even at the age of 32 the King of Swing treated us all to one last encore performance by winning the U.S. Open in 2002.
Given Federer’s success at the All England Club, this is the most logical place for the soon-to-be 32-year-old to stage a final stand.
But will he deliver?
Despite his dominance, if there ever was a time for Federer’s downfall to become fact rather than fiction, it’s at Wimbledon in 2013.
He has reached just one final to this point in 2013, losing his only appearance in straight sets to Nadal.
If he falters again, at his most prolific tournament, it could tell a part of Federer’s story most have wanted to avoid reading for quite some time—the end.