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Roger Federer’s Tough Path To Winning Another Major Just Got Tougher

Roger Federer announced Tuesday that he will miss the rest of 2016 to continue rehabilitating his left knee, which he injured while drawing a bath for his young daughters in January. He’ll miss the Olympics and the U.S. Open. Federer, who turns 35 in two weeks, told fans that he intends to return next year and to keep playing “for another few years.”

Can he win another major? The record of other all-time greats suggests that Federer was already facing steep odds before withdrawing from the U.S. Open, which starts next month. Of the 17 men who have won at least three major titles in the Open era and are now older than Federer, only seven played another major after turning 35. Four reached a semifinal, two reached a final, and only Ken Rosewall, the Australian whose great career spanned three decades, won a major after turning 35; Rosewall won three. …

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