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The Fall Of All Time Greats - Can They Return To Their Ultimate Best
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The Fall Of All Time Greats - Can They Return To Their Ultimate Best

Im my young life, I have been lucky to witness some incredible achievements made by some legendary sportsmen and sports teams. These amazing individuals and groups have earned the tag of 'best of all timers'. But lately they seem to be struggling to dominate like they have only a few years ago. So will these superstars bounce back to what they once were, or fade away slowly?

The Australian cricket team were nearly unbeatable only a few years back. Yes they had some remarkable individulas, but even now their team is still very strong. But why have they fallen so badly from the top of the world rankings? For starters, losing players such as Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden and the waugh brothers did not help. Each one of these brilliant individuals are considered not just Aussie legends, but all time greats. They have set numerous records and together were practically unbeatable. 

Their team now is very strong. They still have Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Mike Hussey and to some extent Mitchell Johnson who were all a part of that dominant era. But of late they have struggled because losing so many superstars in a short period of time will do that to any team arounf the world. But they know how it is to be part of a team which is full of superstars, and with some up and coming talents, who have already proved themselves on the big stage, such as Phillip Hughes, Shaun Marsh and Peter Siddle, they are slowly rebuilding to be, in my eyes, on top of the rankings in the next year or so.

Tiger Woods is probably one of the better examples of falling from such dominance. What this man has done for golf is someting special. His golf swing is watched in awe by millions. He basically changed the way golf is played because of his dominance. He is the first billionaire sportsperson ever and has achieved more in golf than anyone has, or probably ever, will. But from a little scandal only 2 years ago has led to this legendary fall from grace. He is now ranked outside golfs top 50 and is only now starting to find a little bit of form. There are some great golfers coming through the ranks with some ramarkable golf skills, such as Ricky Fowler, Rory Mcilroy and Jason Day, but Woods form lately is not allowing him to match these young talents. Will this legend of the game be back to his best? I personally hope so and with his form slowly improving, it might not be too far away.

Roger Federer is the best tennis player of all time. His game is strong in every aspect, and has broken nearly every individual record in the game. Federer's shot making is still the best in the business, but why the sudden fall from the top? Its not a huge form slump, but his last grand slam win was in 2010, and since then he has seen Rafaeel Nadal and this year Novak Djokovic dominate each grand slam final. But looking at this years form, its not all bad. In the U.S Open semi finals, he was up 2 sets to love and lost to a Novak Djokovic stunning comeback. He done the exact same thing in the quarter finals of Wimbledon against Joe Wilfred Tsonga. And in both those tournaments before his loses, he looked to be back to his unbeatable best. He aslo made the French open fina, Losing to Nadal. So Federers slump is not all bad compared to some, but the question does remain if he will ever add to his record of 16 garnd slams?

With these reamarkable people and groups being labelled all time greats, there is now a question mark of when, if ever, they will ever reach the dominant level at which they have played their respective sports. And I think that for each of my examples, it wont be long until they all do!

 


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