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Roger Federer has a big advantage over the likes of Rafael Nadal, says Rothenberg

Federer, 36, has won three of the last four Grand Slams he has entered and won his record 20th at the Australian Open last month.

The Swiss legend missed the second half of the 2016 season through injury and has since dramatically reduced the number of events he has played.

Like Federer, old rival Rafael Nadal enjoyed a stunning 2017, winning the French and the US Open.

But the Spaniard missed the end of last season through injury, pulling out of the ATP World Tour Finals in London, and had to withdraw at the quarter-final stage of the Australian Open last month with a thigh strain.

Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have also had their fair share of injuries of late, with the latter having hip surgery in January.

Roger Federer is the exception, he’s gotten lucky, or whatever you want to say what Roger’s ‘Rogerness’ is to keep being great

Ben Rothenberg on Roger Federer

Djokovic, Murray and Nadal are all in their 30s and Rothenberg claims it is natural for their bodies to start to let them down.

“He’s not being an economical player whatsoever,” Rothenberg said of Nadal on the No Challenges Remaining podcast.

“So why his budget runs out faster than others is on him basically. 

“The other thing I’ll say, and this goes to Novak Djokovic too and this goes to Andy Murray, as much as I sympathise with these guys who are hurt, they’re in their 30s. 

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic has had his fair share of injuries of late

“This is kind of the natural life-cycle for an athlete. 

Roger Federer is the exception, he’s gotten lucky, or whatever you want to say what Roger’s ‘Rogerness’ is to keep being great for this long. 

“If you start to break down and can’t be at your physical best when you’re in your 30s, and Rafa’s turning 32 in a few months, that’s the natural profession. 

“Especially when you won your first slam at 18, you started early.” 

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