Published On: Tue, Aug 2nd, 2016

Tennis News: Roger Federer done, retiring from sport? Novak Djokovic on the way to stealing greatest player title from Swiss

Roger Federer recently announced that he will miss not only the Rio 2016 Olympics but also the rest of the ATP season. This puts Novak Djokovic in prime spot to get nearer the Swiss Maestro’s total Grand Slam titles in tennis and become the greatest player in the history of the sport.

Federer cited injuries as his reason for backing out of the Olympics, but it was expected as the veteran pro might want to prioritize the regular tennis tournaments and majors to retain his standing as one of the elite players in the sport.

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However, the Swiss’ announcement that he’ll be missing tourneys the rest of the year came as a surprise to fans and fellow players.

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There are reports that Federer never recovered from his injury during the 2016 Wimbledon Championships and that he never played even in practice sessions since then. This will add to the rumors that Federer might never get back to 100% again and in danger of losing his grip in the ATP tennis rankings, where he is currently at No. 3.

Federer’s injury situation is comparable to that of Rafael Nadal, who has also struggled on the court the last two ATP seasons. Both are still competitive but not seen as in the same level as the top two guys in the sport, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.

Federer has won 17 Grand Slam titles in his career, still the all-time record for most majors in a men’s singles career. The Swiss Maestro is being touted as the “greatest of all time” because of his past accomplishments.

Djokovic though has 12 Grand Slam titles already and despite the disappointment at the recent Wimbledon Championships, he is expected to win a few more Grand Slams in his career and get nearer Federer’s record.

Here’s the ranking for the all-time Grand Slam titles in history of tennis:

Roger Federer (Switzerland) – 17
Pete Sampras (USA) – 14
Rafael Nadal (Spain) – 14
Roy Emerson (Australia) -12
Novak Djokovic (Serbia) -12

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Will Djokovic get to Federer’s 17 before the end of his career? Can the Swiss return back to elite form and get a few more Grand Slam titles before calling it quits in tennis? Federer’s injury problems are now becoming real and age could be catching up with the tennis great.

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