In a surreal bid to defy time and his own limit at once, Roger Federer came back from the brink to stun the whole world with his majestic tennis display. The first few months of 2017 saw a dominant Federer trashing over the entire ATP herd. It was s reminder of how things used to be while in his prime, a decade ago. After capturing his eighth Wimbledon and the 20th Grand Slam overall, the all mighty Swiss tennis icon lost his upper hand during the North American outdoor hard swing.

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Losing to del Potro in the quarterfinals of the 2017 US Open has somehow diluted the spell.

Laver Cup, an exhibition brand-new event which has Federer as its main strategist had its inaugural edition held in Prague in what sees to be a new era of highly-entertaining, TV-friendly tennis delivery.

By adding up a new dot on the men's tennis radar, Roger Federer put a new pillar to his already out-of-this-world legacy. He is a visionary mind that can shape the future of tennis. Recruiting Nadal, his eternal rival, did nothing but to enhance the overall image of Laver Cup.

Federer to attend high-profile ATP events

The Asian leg of the ATP calendar will translate into a single stop on Federer's radar. Chasing down the world No. 1 spot, he will feature the Masters 1000 in Shanghai, a place where his last success occurred back in 2014 when he got past Gilles Simon in the final. Once the Asian leg on hard court will be done and dusted, the pack will return to Europe with Federer being expected to play in Basel, his hometown before kicking off his last Masters 1000 bid of the season in Paris.

The final countdown will take place at the Nitto ATP Finals in London where he has already qualified. With the world No. 1 spot still on the table, Federer has the chance to end this surreal season with a fifth landing on the ATP summit.

Retirement is something all are afraid to talk about

Taking a closer look at how much Roger Federer means for the game of tennis itself, it may be pardonable to elude the part that at the end of the day he is as human as all people are. What makes him so unique is the full commitment to the sports in general and tennis in particular.

Four years ago, throughout the season of 2013, the debates on Roger Federer approaching to his expiration date as a professional athlete were the strongest. A similar trend was observed in the second part of 2016 with all that stir regarding his knee surgery. But, it's natural and why not even decent to bring such a table up for discussion. After all, he is 36-years-old and, in the best case scenario, he has found a way to dodge time a bit longer.

In the end, some things are crystal clear; Roger Federer might be the greatest player tennis has ever had and his legacy will be a solid one.