Roger Federer has come up once again short versus his nemesis Rafael Nadal. He hasn’t beaten him in over a year, and despite Nadal disputing an epic semi-final in Melbourne, was unable to win his 14th Slam at the Australian Open and equal Pete Sampras’ record. Versus Nadal, Federer is slowing getting a reputation for choking.
So the question is, can Roger ever climb back on the number one throne and knock off that cocky Spaniard? Or has his time come and gone, and he must know accept the crumbs Nadal is prepared to leave him?
Early last year, Roger had an excuse for defeat – mononucleosis. The effects lasted a long time and it wasn’t until the US Open that he seemed to start firing on all four cylinders again. But since then, major results have been few and far between. So is this the end for Roger?