When past record CLEARLY proves that you are way way way ahead of anyone alive or dead, belief that physical decline cannot possibly cover enough real estate to pull you into negative territory - until you are 50 - is strong. Worst case scenario you may get 'even' - and that's not bad at all considering current clowns can have enough bad days for you to break through.
And that's if you DON'T have anything left to prove, have nothing else to do and wife and kids don't want you home.
However, if you have still not 'completed' the journey - or your 'completed' journey is under realistic attack - that negative territory age instantly shifts to freaking 100.
Besides, you can always 'invent' new strokes to compensate for the inability to make certain moves on the court due to age - like Jordan did with his fade-aways or Ali with 'rope a dope' or Federer with SABR(?) - and still stay ahead of Father Time, at least against mortals, if not Tomato Cans currently on the field.
Add all of above and it seems like an educated gamble - in the very least - if not a Slam freaking dunk.
What if you were trapped into marriage - publicly, have no social life, have a mob for a family, wife appears growing faster than your nose, Wawrinka is on his second wife, Nadal is still alive, you are just one Slam away from ensuring even Djokovic fails to pass you on the Slam pole, no one 'rules' @ Wimbledon yet........................
Sollozzo attempts to kill your father and very nearly succeeds. Next day he wants to have a meeting with your brother - on his terms (location, weapons etc.).
He will not disclose where the meeting will be held, he will not allow weapons on your brother, you just drop him at a restaurant where Sollozzo will pick him in his car with who knows how many weapons, people etc. inside.
And you think that's a great freaking deal? Why shouldn't he just kill your brother too or in the very least hold him hostage for clearance of the deal he wanted in the first place?
Shouldn't you have reversed the entire process - given the risk and that Sollozzo started it all? Meaning you decide the meeting place etc.?
NEVER ever 'prepare' to bathe seven-year old daughters - EVER. Sons? Clear - so far. Anything in the 'middle'? Gray area!!!!
Economical style of play, genetics, PEDs, procession called family, fat wife demanding additional maneuvering / JUST missionary position, greed evoked by Nadal's absence / Djokovic faltering, Wimbledon lure forcing premature return, stubbornness to not resort to HGH - yet, extreme neglect of the left side of the body (it's the left knee) etc. have come full circle.
If Federer even attempts to come back next season - if that - after this, it WILL be loaded with higher likelihood of just one thingy - and nothing else: Even more injury to even more body parts.
You've got to be crazy to imagine him winning another Slam after an absence of almost a year - forget No. 36, Djokovic, Murray etc. If you have failed to win a Slam since age 31 - with 'continuity', health, weaker competition(?), Nadal's 'demise' etc. what logic are you leaning on to now do it @ age 36 - with all the baggage?
And if you cannot win a Slam what else are you freaking going for - considering the near-certainty of another injury to the knee, if not other areas?
Have a feeling Federer has just taken the largest jump to realistically realizing his career is over. It's just hard to admit it - today - with last two matches @ Wimbledon providing hope considering what he had done the entire season coming in. This may have finally pushed him out of the state of denial he has been in all along sufficiently enough to initiate the reconciliation process - psychologically.
Besides, EVEN if you do manage to win another Slam - somehow - how will you escape the doping accusation, given current climate and other obvious factors?
Bottom line: EVERYBODY knows it's over - including Federer. Mirka and Ljubicic may be the last to tell him that though - for ulterior motives.
Side note: Fredo Corleone, Mirka and Tony Nadal were seen together two hours before the 'bath'!!!!!!!!
“I just hope with the slip I had in the fifth, I'm going to be fine tomorrow and beyond,”Just I hope I didn't hurt myself. Then, is it a three‑day thing, is it a 24‑hour thing or is it more? I don't know at this point. I hope it's not so bad. I walked it off. I was able to finish.
“But I don't slip a lot. I don't ever fall down. It was a different fall for me than I've ever had. With the body that's been, you know, playing up this year, I just hope I'm going to be fine. I believe I am, but I'll know more tomorrow when I wake up.”
I’m extremely disappointed to announce that I will not be able to represent Switzerland at the Olympic Games in Rio and that I will also miss the remainder of the season. Considering all options after consulting with my doctors and my team, I have made the very difficult decision to call an end to my 2016 season as I need more extensive rehabilitation following my knee surgery earlier this year. The doctors advised that if I want to play on the ATP World Tour injury free for another few years, as I intend to do, I must give both my knee and body the proper time to fully recover. It is tough to miss the rest of the year. However, the silver lining is that this experience has made me realize how lucky I have been throughout my career with very few injuries. The love I have for tennis, the competition, tournaments and of course you, the fans remains intact. I am as motivated as ever and plan to put all my energy towards coming back strong, healthy and in shape to play attacking tennis in 2017.
The extreme obsession required to be a GOAT starves everything else including something as ‘delicate’ as marriage.
Add current conditions where divorce stigma is all but gone, push for women to be ‘independent’, insane money that comes with above post - specifically today, women initiating 70% of divorces, guaranteed income without having to listen to a ‘barely tolerable’ husbando, if not some annoying and left-hand challenged……….and it‘s astonishing that they last as long as they do - today.
Keep in mind the wife has to tolerate a SUPER Alpha male - for life.
Besides, today you have to devote time to far more activities than just practicing like physical regimen, nutrition, psychology, technology, PEDs, producing kids outside of marriage, pre-poked condom routines, marriage invitations, child abuse of Cabbage dolls, gender convolutedness, bathing seven year old daughters, maintaining ‘personal’ doctors on the team, provide for two rats, coach hiring fiascos………
It has been widely reported that the Village is known for its hedonism once the athletes are done competing - with large quantities of alcohol and sexual hookups common among the competitors.
For the 2014 games in Sochi, 100,000 free condoms were provided by the IOC for the 6,000 athletes in attendance (a rough average of about 16 condoms per athlete); for the 2012 games in London, 150,000.
Despite seemingly large numbers, several instances have occurred where smaller orders have resulted in shortages. Sydney famously only provided 70,000 condoms but ran out, discovering the need to order 20,000 more.