If we would have asked me a decade ago who we suspicion would still be winning vital titles in 2017 – Roger Federer or Tiger Woods – we would have fast pronounced a latter.
It’s kind of crazy how story plays out.
Federer degraded Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 to win his record eighth Wimbledon pretension Sunday (without losing a set in a tournament) and his record 19th altogether Grand Slam title. Tiger Woods, meanwhile, has been stranded on 14 majors for scarcely 10 years.
It’s kind of stunning.
With that being said, we should take a time out to applaud a mass of Roger Federer.
Now 35 years old, he doesn’t seem to be negligence down notwithstanding a fact it wasn’t that prolonged ago that many suspicion he was done.
Before he won a Australian Open progressing this year, Federer hadn’t won a vital given 2012.
But now he looks like a same Federer who was winning tennis from 2003-2010, an eight-year widen in that he won during slightest one vital title.
During some of that span, Tiger was winning golf in a identical way.
In fact, when we started operative during The Sun News in 2003 we cared small about tennis and golf.
However, those dual brought those sports to life for me. Having grown adult especially a fan of basketball, football and baseball, we couldn’t omit what those dual were doing.
They were dual of a many polarizing total in sports notwithstanding a fact they didn’t play one of a “Big Four” – football, basketball, ball and hockey.
To some, they were even deliberate rivals on a universe stage.
Now, though, Woods is nowhere to be seen. Back surgeries and hurdles in his personal life have tormented him for years.
In fact, rather than rivaling Federer, Tiger has been relegated to a witness who looks on in awe.
“What Roger has finished is he’s been widespread for so long, and afterwards to, not usually that, to contest opposite [Novak Djokovic], to contest opposite [Rafael Nadal]; and now Andy [Murray] is personification well,” Woods pronounced in a Golf Channel article. “He’s had a litany of guys who have won Slams. And no one wins Slams during his age.”
For a 41-year-old Tiger, a time is ticking. His final PGA Tour win came in 2013 and usually creation cuts (and staying healthy) is a large adequate plea these days.
With 79 career PGA Tour wins, Woods is usually 3 behind of Sam Snead for a many all time. His 14 vital titles leave him 4 behind all-time personality Jack Nicklaus.
Julius Boros was golf’s oldest vital champion during 48 years old, so maybe there’s still time for Tiger to lapse to a tip of a game.
It’s tough not to consider behind to a excellence days of both Tiger and Roger with what Federer’s doing these days.
Sports Illustrated had an article Sunday that many-sided tweets from other sporting greats who were entertaining on Federer. It usually creates clarity as his accomplishments during his age are a spectacle.
Imagine if Tiger Woods eventually has a identical comeback. Twitter competence usually break.
I, for one, am holding out hope. Golf – like tennis is now with Federer’s resurgence – would be improved for it.
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans continue a three-game array during Buies Creek with 7 p.m. games Monday and Tuesday. They are off Wednesday before commencement a seven-game home widen that includes a four-game array opposite Down East from Thursday by Sunday (all times 7:05 p.m., solely for a 6:05 p.m. Sunday tilt) and three-game set with Carolina from Monday by Wednesday (all times 7:05 p.m.). … The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup heads to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 during 2:30 p.m. Sunday. … The PGA Tour heads to Auburn/Opelika, Alabama for a Barbasol Championship from Thursday by Sunday. … In tennis, a group will be competing in a ATP Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, ATP Konzum Croatia Open Umag and ATP SkiStar Swedish Open. The women start play in a WTA BRD Bucharest Open and WTA Ladies Championship Gstaad.