Roger Federer had a grand plan for 2018 but it has backfired spectacularly.
Federer, hailed as the Greatest Of All Time (GOAT) in tennis, skipped the clay season so he could be fit for the Wimbledon Championships — but he was knocked out of the competition on Wednesday.
His absence paves the way for his arch rival, Rafa Nadal, to win a third Wimbledon title, which would narrow the Grand Slam gap between the sport's best players.
Nadal has a far superior head-to-head record than Federer, and if he ends up winning more majors then it would be game, set, and match when it comes to the GOAT status.
Roger Federer had a grand plan for the 2018 season, but it backfired spectacularly when he was knocked out of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships by world number eight Kevin Anderson.
Federer skipped the entire clay season so he could be as fit and as fresh as possible for Wimbledon, a tournament he had won eight times before — a men's Open Era record.
the greatest of all time (GOAT) in tennis, Federer showed he is human after all as he chucked away a two-set lead in Wednesday's quarterfinal." data-reactid="42">Hyped as a once-in-a-generation talent, a sporting immortal, and the greatest of all time (GOAT) in tennis, Federer showed he is human after all as he chucked away a two-set lead in Wednesday's quarterfinal.
Anderson rallied to bring the score back to two sets each and then bested Federer in a gripping finale that was not settled until its 24th game, when Anderson finally won 13-11.
The match was over, Roger was out.