‘Win­ning the same ma­jor twice used to be thought a mon­u­men­tal ef­fort. Twelve? Crazy’

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an al­pha-male ges­ture, but the crazed scream he let out upon van­quish­ing Schwartz­man hinted at the stakes in play for him these next cou­ple of years, and pos­si­bly be­yond. Federer pur­ports to be fully fit but the ev­i­dence of his loss to Grigor Dim­itrov – a player so off-radar this year that in Cincin­nati he was ask­ing for a spare dol­lar to work the ho­tel wash­ing ma­chine – in­di­cates oth­er­wise. Toni Nadal pre­dicted last year that Federer would not win an­other ma­jor (stop me if you have heard that one be­fore). In the mean­time, his nephew con­tin­ues to rack up the haul, with po­ten­tially five in the past three years. When ESPN is­sued its list of the 20 most dom­i­nant ath­letes in 2018, Federer was fifth, Djokovic 15th, while Nadal, lu­di­crously, did not even fea­ture. Af­ter this US Open, such an anal­y­sis might very quickly need to be re­vised.

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