Roger Federer brings down curtain on his career with a defeat, but still dazzles alongside longtime friend and rival Rafael Nadal in a battle of the superteams
The sun was shining, the temperature was warm and if it wasn’t for Rafael Nadal’s injured wrist, you would have thought he was the winner in Rod Laver.
The men’s final between Nadal and Federer is in the books, and Nadal, with his eighth career victory, remains the world’s best of anything you can think of, at least in the eyes of anyone with access to Google or Wikipedia.
Federer, meanwhile, has been on the sidelines since last year’s French Open, when he finished top of the draw and made it into the quarters before losing to Nadal in the last four.
He is now the world’s No 2 and, according to one survey, the biggest sporting star in the world – with the combined influence of the likes of Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar the leading candidates for such distinction.
It is a place Nadal can only dream of returning to.
Federer has been an ever-present during this year’s season, and there is no doubt he is the world’s greatest. The question is how long he will stick around.
At this stage of his career, there are many different paths ahead for Federer. And while he seems to be on the right path, you wouldn’t bet on it remaining the one that leads to a future as a top international player, let alone a No 1.
“At the moment he’s the number one player in the world. That’s what the poll tells us,” says former Wimbledon champion, Jimmy Connors, who knows more about the game than anyone.
“He’s not the top number one player in the world but he’s