Roger Federer will turn 33 at the beginning of next month, in the midst of a North American tour that could see this year's beaten Wimbledon finalist clinch his 18th Grand Slam title in New York.
Even in what is supposedly the twilight of his illustrious career, Federer has no interest in slowing down. Cruising through to the Wimbledon final in a vein of form that resembled some of his finest ever tennis, he was eventually defeated by the formidable Novak Djokovic in one of the most exciting finals in the sport's history. Hurt though he was to lose such a gruelling encounter, Federer was quick to move on and state his intentions for the future. Speaking to the BBC's Sam Sheringham, he said:
I'm very happy to see that I can produce a performance like I did the last two weeks. That clearly makes me believe that this was just a stepping stone to many more great things in the future.
Boris Becker's assertion today, via TennisEarth.com, that Federer is the greatest player of all time is a considerable mark of respect but one that Federer has never taken for granted. His hunger for victory is still very much in evidence, and when he travels to America in the coming weeks, he will be determined to continue the remarkable tennis that he has been displaying since the start of the season.
While Federer prepares for the future, let's have a look back at his most memorable performances at Wimbledon, a tournament he has set alight for over a decade. These performances highlight not just the dominance of this sporting great on the grass courts of the All England Club, but most importantly, the strength and determination that only true champions possess, even in defeat.