Appreciating Consistency

Roger Federer against Juan Martín del Potro in...

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Whenever someone talks about men’s tennis today the first name that comes to mind is Roger Federer. He is ranked number one in the world afterall and is regarded as one of the best to ever play the game. This week he did something that he’s only done four previous times in a major tournament: fail to make it to the semifinals. He walked into Rolland Garros with a streak of twenty three consecutive major tournament semifinals made, by far the longest streak of that kind in tennis history. You would have to go back to the French Open in 2004 to find the last time that he failed to make it to the semifinals at a major tournament. That is a six year streak spanning twenty-three majors.

It is no secret that tennis isn’t the most popular sport in America, but as a fan of sports you would be remiss if you didn’t stop and take a second to appreciate the level of greatness that Federer demonstrated on a consistent basis. This type of consistency at the top level of a sport is something you rarely see today and though tennis is not widely regarded as a “mainstream” sport, this is one time when I think tennis, or at least this tennis player, should get some recognition.

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