Roger Federer proved that he is still a force to reckon with a superb 2014 season.
Secret of Federer’s longevity: (excerpt)
Federer hasn’t missed a single Grand Slam since 1999. More astonishing is the fact that his ranking has never dropped below 10 since 2002. While his coevals like Roddick, Nalbandian and Hewitt have either hung up their boots or competing in slams just to get knocked out by teenagers in the first week, the great man is still a formidable force. In his glorious career spanning 16 years, he has never, not even once, retired in the middle of a match. Craig O’Shannessy, lead analyst for the ATP Tour says “In Roger’s case, the guy floats around so lightly, almost as if he’s skipping rope, that you can hardly hear him. He’s not carrying a huge amount of muscle – just the right amount to get the job done.” His fluidic movement, deft footwork and impeccable stroke mechanics saves him a fraction of energy on every point he plays. While the other top players have piled on their muscles, Roger remains physically unchanged. As Ben Dirs once rightly said “In the hands of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, a tennis racquet is a rock hammer and a tennis court a quarry. In the hands of Roger Federer, a tennis racquet is a paint brush and a tennis court a canvas.” Secret of Federer’s longevity? An old quarryman is an old man and an old painter is still a painter.