Belfast Telegraph

Game's up for sad Federer

By Steven Beacom

When an unknown Ukrainian called Sergiy Stakhovsky defeated Roger Federer at Wimbledon this year, the Swiss icon put it down as a blip.

He's since lost to other players he would normally beat in his sleep and at the US Open was humbled in straight sets by Tommy Robredo.

It just doesn't seem right. We don't want to see the greatest player of them all, who has a record 17 grand slam titles, suffer the embarrassment of losing to journeymen professionals not fit to string his racket.

The majestic Federer is on the wane. Opponents once beaten before they stepped on court with 32-year-old Roger now fancy their chances. It's the end of an aura and time for Federer to seriously consider retirement.

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