Roger Federer turns 32 in 2013 and despite all the blood and sweat he endures to remain fit, age is certainly going to catch up with him reminding every single day that the time to hang up the racquet is near. Another thing is the little injuries that once could have been shaken off within a couple of days would now take much longer to heal, thereby lengthening the scope of his mental agony more than of the physical one.For Federer, 2012 was symbolical for the hard work, the former world No.1 had put in all this time to stay atop in the game. The Swiss maestro had a hard-earned victory at the Wimbledon to lift his record 17th Grand Slam title which was followed by a brief return to the world No.1 position.In spite of all, almost everyone having an interest in the professional sport is certain that Federer has reached that inevitable stage in the life of an athletes’ career when the moment to call it a day constantly comes up in his mind and ‘during discussions.’More importantly if the world no.2 starts missing out tournaments, it is quite certain for the tennis genius to slide down through the rankings. In fact, slipping out of the top five position would be an alarming sign for the Swiss maestro to exit the sport graciously.On the psychological level, Federer with all his huge collection of 76 titles, will hardly find any great motivation to pursue for the ATP Master titles now. In fact the tennis legend influenced by his own legacy will now keep his eyes more focused on the Grand Slams. It is quite rational to assume that Federer will not have that intense thirst for winning Masters titles as he once used to have in his heydays.The veteran player has already reduced this calender year by planning to skip the Miami and Monte Carlo Masters on the pretext to keep himself fresh for bigger tournaments just as he had done while making preparations for the 2013 Australian Open campaign. The World No.2 went into the first Major of the year without participating any warm-up tournament.But the more immediate thing for Federer to handle is the spreading domination of world No.1 Novak Djokovic and world no. 3 Andy Murray. The two 25-year-olds are currently in great form and from the look of their performance, there seems to be no slowing down. In fact, Federer lost in the semis at the just-concluded Aussie Open against Murray after an intensive battle of five sets.Further adding to the growing reason of why Federer is at the dusk of his career, is the present scenario of younger players asserting themselves in every tournament. There was once a time when the aura of Federer intimidated their opponents prior to a match and matches involving the tennis great was won way before the competitors took to court. That aura has thinned out in recent years and Federer is just another man who can be made to sweat out through difficult returns and long rallies. Younger players now no longer presumes all hope lost while dealing with the seven time Wimbledon Champion.Despite all said, Federer has done a remarkable job to maintain his level of supremacy for so many years. The man has proved his critics wrong by coming at the top of the sport after experiencing brief lull of being out-of form. The Swiss won his historic 17th Grand Slam at Wimbledon in 2012 after having failed to win a Major since the Australian Open in 2010.The thing about the Swiss maestro who has been at the top for a record 302-weeks(overall) can be best described through the cliché that ‘form is temporary while class is permanent’ and Federer’s sporting life despite some brief hiccups has always provided a grand spectacle of class act.And though, Federer may be willing to extend his career, the sun is certainly settling down upon the glorious era of the iconic star that tennis has ever had.