Tennis star Roger Federer defeated Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the 2014 Monte Carlo Rolex Masters and will face countryman Stanislas Wawrinka in the championship match. During two key games near the end of the first set, Federer faced double break point on his serve before holding serve to get to five-all.
Djokovic looked like he would hold serve easily in the very next game until Federer reeled off several points to get the important break. Federer then held serve to take the first set 7-5 and won the second set 6-2 over a demoralized Djokovic.
After almost sliding out of the top 10 in 2013, Federer has now won almost 90 percent of his matches in 2014, defeating world No. 2 Djokovic two times early in 2014. Currently ranked No. 4 in the world, Federer looks poised to regain his place among the top three in the world.
Federer’s resurgence in 2014 has cemented his status as the greatest men’s tennis player of all time. This is especially true when we hear, in Roger Federer’s modest way, that his decline in 2013 may have been due more to his back than a decline due to age.
So, Federer is back, well, due to his back! I look forward to appreciating the gentle greatness of one of the all-time greats as he adds to his already impressive resume. In the meantime, the upcoming 2014 Grand Slam season should be very interesting as Djokovic and Rafael Nadal hope add to their legacies with a rejuvenated Federer.
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