At 36 years of age, in the sport of tennis, many would consider Roger Federer damn near finished competing at the highest of levels in this sport that mostly favors the young and healthy.

 

At 36 years of age, many would have never thought that Roger Federer would retain the number one slot in Tennis, especially after going through one of his most trying seasons last year filled with injuries, withdraws and early round exits.

 

At 36 years of age, that same Roger Federer defied all odds and displayed pure domination in the place where his dominance has been spotlighted more than any other.

 

(Culturalist)

When it comes to Wimbledon, you can consider it a home field advantage of sorts for Federer at this point.

 

Realistically, we can draw comparisons to the Warriors playing at Oracle Arena, the Patriots playing at Gillette Stadium when the winter hits and even Federer’s main counterpart, Rafael Nadal, at Roland Garros.

 

Wimbledon has always been a safe haven for Federer, especially when he wasn’t on his A game. The green grass has symbolized a fresh start or a continued assurance of domination for him over the years to the point where he is almost always the favorite to win it no matter his ranking or how he had played up to that point.

 

Simply put, Federer playing and winning at Wimbledon is a safe bet and this year was no different.

Actually, scratch that, this year was very different… he was as dominant as he has ever looked.

 

 

At 36 years of age, Federer basically swept through the tournament, winning Wimbledon without dropping a single set. His first serve was hard and his second serve was dropped in with consistent precision. His ground strokes looked like they had an extra umph on them as the tournament went on. His movement was as graceful as ever and it looked as if he had the stamina and energy of a 19 year old. Mix all of this in with a 36 year old approach and mentality to the game of the wise, and you have tutorial on how to completely run through a tennis tournament with ease. This year marked his eighth win at Wimbledon, extending his personal record. The win also marked his 19th major win overall.

 

(Tennis World USA)

It only took Federer 1 hour and 41 minutes to complete this historical run in the championship match, defeating Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 and ending the match with an ace and giving him the moment he had been fighting for several years now.

 

As he threw his hands on top of his head in pure joy, excitement and probably relief, his eyes told the entire story.

 

Federer last won this prestigious tournament in 2012 and for Federer, one of the greatest champions of all time, the five years felt like an eternity. This five years was filled with disappointment, the breaking down of his body, serious injury concerns for the first time in his career and yes, even doubt. The post match pressed assured that when Federer alluded to the fact that he even had doubts if he could ever make it back to this point again.

 

Again, we have to understand that this game of tennis is still primarily a young man and women’s sport. Months of rigorous training and over two or three hour matches consistently throughout the year will wear down on anyone, let alone someone who is closer to their 40’s than their 30’s.

 

However, Federer has been the exception. Despite the few hiccups that have occurred over the past couple years, Federer has even defied the hand of time, seemingly getting better as he has gotten older.

 

This Wimbledon was the perfect example of that. His game looked as polished as ever and his confidence looked to be at an all time high. It seemed like as soon as he gotten a hold of a lead and cash in on a break chance opportunity, he took advantage and never let go. For the first time in five years, he had gotten back to his A game and back on the mountaintop at the place where he has truly made his name.

 

When Roger Federer plays at Wimbledon, expect his best and never count him out.

 

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