Ivan Ljubicic

Fendrich on Tennis: Federer's belief in self never wavered

Even after he went more than four years without a Grand Slam title, even after the first operation of his career led to the first prolonged absence of his career, even after a slide down to 17th in the rankings, Roger Federer never wavered.

Which, when you think about it, makes quite a bit of sense when you consider that he is, after all, Roger Federer.

And look at where he is now. As of Monday, Federer will return to No. 1, a spot many view as his rightful place in the tennis hierarchy not merely now but in the sport's history. In the process, he will add a few more superlatives to a lengthy list, most notably: He becomes, at age 36, the oldest man or woman to top...