What he said:
“He hasn’t lost a stitch of hair. He plays young."
Brad Gilbert is astounded how Federer keeps on playing the game with the zest and zeal of a much younger man.
What he really meant:
“He’s got all his hair, he’s not been injured much and he has 16 majors. You say he’s old?”
What he definitely didn’t:
“The more hairy or hirsute you are, the better the player you’ll be.”
I have shied away from tackling the Greatest Of All Time (GOAT) debate for some time because:
1> I think it’s been done to death.
2> It’s gotten to be tiresome; there’s little new under the sun to be said about the great Federer – Nadal rivalry.
3> It’s the season end and just as the players will be taking a well-deserved break , so should B/R writers take a rest from this acrimonious topic.
4> I feel the other players deserve some space and time devoted to them.
But since there seems to be no abatement of interest in the subject , I will have another dekko at the risk of seeming repetitive.