Roger Federer Could Be Headed Out of Top Five

Alex SandersonCorrespondent IIIJune 4, 2013

Roger Federer suffered one of the worst grand slam losses of his career in the 2013 French Open quarterfinals to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Roger Federer suffered one of the worst grand slam losses of his career in the 2013 French Open quarterfinals to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Roger Federer bowed out meekly of the 2013 French Open in Tuesday's quarterfinal action. He had previously held a 9-3 career record against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, but he failed to win a set against the Frenchman for the first time in his career.

This loss was a good summary of Federer's struggles throughout 2013. After a resurgent 2012 found him winning a Grand Slam and returning to World No. 1, it looks as if age has finally caught up with the great champion.

Federer is currently ranked No. 3 in the world, but may soon find himself outside of the top five in the ATP world rankings for the first time since winning his first Slam title back in 2003.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion has a lot of points coming up, as he was the Wimbledon champion last season. The guys right behind him are going to have a great chance to make up some ground.

World No. 4 Rafael Nadal didn't even play after Wimbledon last season, where he lost in the second round. He continues to reach at least the finals of every event he has played in since his comeback as well.

World No. 5 David Ferrer now has a great chance to reach his first ever Grand Slam final, and is just as consistent as they come in men's tennis.

World No. 6 Tomas Berdych, normally a good grass court player, actually lost in the first round of last year's Wimbledon Championships and shouldn't have much trouble picking up some points there.

World No. 7 Tsonga might be gaining some great momentum in his quest to enter the top five as well with this run in Paris. He's always had the game, but not quite the consistency and belief he showed today against Federer.

More than the computer points though, is the idea that the Swiss player just seems to have lost a step. He's also had some issues with the back throughout the 2013 season, and hasn't been able to gain much momentum in any tournament to this point.

Another issue for Federer is that he hasn't reached the finals in the last three Grand Slam events played, even though one of the other big four were missing (Nadal at US and Australian Opens, Murray at the French Open).

Sure, Tsonga played one of the best matches of his life, but in the past there would have been no way that Federer didn't make some kind of push to take at least one set off the Frenchman.

Maybe the Swiss star can come back strong for the grass-court season coming up. He is a seven-time Wimbledon champion, after all, and has proven many doubters wrong that continue to count him out.


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