Here comes our second 2015 preview. You’ve frequently asked us why we have no faith in the Swiss legend’s prospects in the upcoming tennis season. In this article we will finally make our case clear.
Last year we predicted that the following season would be successful for Roger and it would be high time for him to say goodbye to professional tennis. This time the situation differs a lot. From one hand, there are plenty of signs that 2015 he can achieve similar results: Federer has been left one step behind from ending the year ranked 1; he won five titles, including two Masters 1000 events, cured his long-lasting back injuries and generally enjoyed very positive season! But as soon as we start digging it deeper, we’ll see that the picture is no that cheerful.
Let’s start with the most undeniable fact: Roger heads towards his mid-thirties, which is next to retiring age in tennis. Every next year on tour requires much more physical stamina from the player, every next season gets more and more exhausting. This is why ageing players have to try harder to stay on top. Let’s take an example of David Ferrer. His season 2014 can hardly be called auspicious thus far. Why so? Just as soon as his physical form got worse, the Spaniard’s results also went down. Of course, one can remark that Federer delivers less energetic tennis than Ferrer, but still.
The competition in men’s tour gets tougher and tougher. So the number of walkovers gets insignificant. This leads to another increase of physical and mental loads. It definitely won’t work in Federer’s favor.
Another aspect which is often neglected is motivation. Having finished the season 2013 ranked 6th, Roger Federer was highly motivated last year. He wanted to prove it that he’s still in play. So the Swiss was falling over the backwards to acknowledge his legendary status and to remind us of his brilliant past. But the tendency shows that it’s very difficult to maintain excellent form and self-discipline throughout several consecutive seasons. As it’s very hard to keep daily nutrition habits and proper hours, spend hours working out in the gym and on courts. In other words, your life is a little more fascinating than that of ancient Sparta. And only huge motivation will help an athlete to work this way out. In 2014 Roger Federer nursed his wounded pride and silenced the critics. But it would be extremely difficult to venture upon a new season-long challenge. We don’t insist that the Swiss will fail it completely, but our team reasonably expects strong decline in his results.
Another source of our non-confidence is escalating competition among top players. After all, Federer’s main rival Rafael Nadal is back on tour. Bad news for the Swiss, right? Also, don’t write off Andy Murray who’ll certainly try to correct his numerous errors and will struggle to stay in ATP world top 10. And it’s impossible to imagine that the Scott can show something worse than he did in 2014. It was his bottom line. Probably, Murray didn’t recover properly from his surgery. So we expect more consistency and better performance from him this season. Also take into account the ‘second line’ who no longer fears the Big 4. We mean Grigor Dimitrov, Nishikori and Cilic who will also struggle for a place in the sun, not to mention David Goffin, Tsonga, Gulbis and Monfils who also threat the top tier. Unfortunately, the ageing Roger Federer will hardly benefit from all this fuss.
To sum it up, Roger Federer will continue to be among the top contenders, unless he gets injured. He’ll definitely win a couple of Masters 500 events, will try to take another Wimbledon championship, but don’t expect triumph continuation of the previous season.
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