But he don't need no eight-eration, holler-ation. Consider that he reigns foremost – yea, in the year 2017 – among that ballyhooed Big Four of top-tier players.
"What young player will benefit most from the decline of the Big Four?"— Lindsay Gibbs (@linzsports) July 12, 2017
"A spry young 35-year-old called Roger Federer."
If we're honest (and we're always honest), Federer and his friendly foe Rafael Nadal are running the table as a tandem this season. They're having their way with this year, and, frankly, who's to stop them?
Federer is now a perfect 25-0 in slams and M1000 events this year, with Australian Open, Indian Wells, Miami and Wimbledon titles. Madness.— Tumaini Carayol (@tumcarayol) July 16, 2017
2017— Darren Cahill (@darren_cahill) July 16, 2017
Australian Open: Federer
Indian Wells: Federer
Monte Carlo: Nadal
French Open: Nadal
Turns out Federer wasn't wild for skipping the clay-court season. He orchestrated highlight-reel shotmaking in London and, like his contemporary Venus Williams, wound back the clock while simultaneously foretelling the future.
Um, about that decision to skip the clay season.... #Wimbledon— Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim) July 14, 2017
As with Venus and fellow Wimbledon winner Garbine Muguruza, Federer once again won the acclaim of his peers on both tours at these Championships, as well as that of titans of general-interest sports observers and other top-flight athletes such as Real Madrid's Toni Kroos:
. @rogerfederer At this point you're just showing off :) Congrats my friend! #8 #19— andyroddick (@andyroddick) July 16, 2017
???? ???? ???? ???? ???? ???? ???? ???? ????— John Isner (@JohnIsner) July 16, 2017
It's 2017 and Brady, LeBron and Federer are still kicking ass.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) July 16, 2017
????????????????????????????????— Toni Kroos (@ToniKroos) July 16, 2017
Federer was pverwhelmed, understandably so, to see that his twin daughters and twin sons, who had yet to watch him win such a championship live as a quartet, were on hand. He became lachrymose after the final ball of his final against Marin Cilic, dumbstruck by the beauty of his loved ones looking on.
Fed's kids are dressed to impress!— Shelby Rogers (@Shelby_Rogers_) July 16, 2017
The 19-time major singles champion offered some typically Federerian parting shots as he enjoyed his latest SW19 swagger and even looked ahead to what New York may hold for him.
"I see myself as #3, that’s where I am. I think Andy did a great job to get to #1...he won Dubai and Vienna."— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) July 16, 2017
Can you imagine...
Ever a lover of white lace, Mirka Federer joined her husband for the Wimbledon Champions' Ball beaming like the high-performing, eternally doting spouses who they are. Whether in tennis or the world at large, these two have built a sort of empire. With four wee ones in tow, who knows what dreams may come?
EVERYONE IS STUNNING https://t.co/HzpK26fOBC— Brian Phillips (@brianphillips) July 16, 2017
On the other side of Federer's latest triumph, when No. 18 in Australia became No. 19 in England, he admitted that all the celebrating had, quite literally, gone to his head. After partying until 5 a.m. in a flurry of "all kinds of drinks," he made the media rounds the morning after and soaked up the glory that was his gain.
You can hardly say Federer is "due" these days. He simply keeps writing his own history.
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