Roger Federer’s astonishing defeat to a Ukrainian journeyman in the second round at Wimbledon marked the arrival of a new world order in tennis, but for the Swiss master this was definitely not the end of an era.
When the new ATP standings are released on July 8, they will show that the holder of a record 17 Slam titles has slipped to fifth in the world after he failed to defend the 2000 points he amassed by hoisting the Challenge Cup last July. It will be his lowest ranking since June 2003.
While pundits were busy speculating if this was the beginning of the end for the greatest man to have ever wielded a tennis racket, Federer pooh-poohed the notion.
“You don’t panic at this point, that’s clear. Just go back to work and come back stronger really,” said Federer after he failed to reach the second week of Wimbledon for the first time since 2002 following his four-set defeat by Sergiy Stakhovsky.
“I still have plans to play for many more years to come,” the 31-year-old said defiantly.