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Evergreen Federer still defying Old Father Time

Evergreen Federer still defying Old Father Time
Blessed with tennis genius, a multi-lingual father of two sets of twins, Roger Federer has plenty going for him, but on top of that he appears to be defying the ageing process. At 33, the age when most sportsmen and women, particularly those practising individual sports requiring speed, strength, stamina and agility, are winding down, the effervescent Swiss is hitting as hard and moving as nimbly as ever.

On Sunday he saw off Milos Raonic, 10 years his junior, in straight sets, and he gave away nearly a decade to Japan’s Kei Nishikori on Tuesday when he dashed to 6-3, 6-2 win that put him on the cusp of the semifinal at the ATP’s World Tour Finals. Should he beat Andy Murray in his final Group B match on Thursday, it would equal his most successful season in terms of match wins since he was all but untouchable in 2006. He is already assured of becoming the oldest player to finish in the ATP’s top two and if he wins a sixth season-ending title this week and captured a first Davis Cup title for Switzerland next week he could even return to world number one.
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