French Open 2012: 6 Reasons Why Roger Federer Will Win
Federer comes in with momentum. He also understands the magnitude of the moment, remains calm under pressure and does get overwhelmed by falling behind. The greatest threats to Federer's quest for a title, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, remain injured and struggling to find confidence in their games.
Finally, the 30-year-old Federer realizes the importance of winning now and remaining dominant near the end of his prime.
Here are six reasons why Federer will win his second at Roland Garros and his 17th Grand Slam Title, cementing his legacy as one of the greatest tennis players ever.
This Could Be His Last Run at Roland Garros
At 30 years old, Roger Federer has accomplished almost every dream of a tennis superstar.
Federer has won 16 Grand Slam titles in his career and is one of seven players to win all four Grand Slams. Federer has also won 82 total championships in singles and doubles throughout his career, making him a formidable and experienced opponent for any challenger.
At Roland Garros, Federer won one French Open in 2009 by defeating Robert Soderling in straight sets, cementing his title as a Career Grand Slam champion. Federer's fame and accolades could all come to an end very soon with the growth of the next generation of tennis stars, making now the time for Federer to win number 17 .
Expect Federer to build on his ridiculous resume and add a second French Open Championship at Roland Garros.
Roger Has Momentum
Federer not only has experience, but he is riding positive momentum after winning the Madrid Open. Federer defeated Tomas Berdych in a three set finale, setting the stage for the French Open.
Federer comes into Roland Garros with momentum and can use his years of experience to will his way toward another Grand Slam finale.
He understands what it takes to win and will cruise all the way to the semifinals without any concern. Expect Federer not to drop many sets in this tournament, riding his momentum from the Madrid Open all the way to a semifinal match-up against Novak Djokovic.
No. 1 Seed Novak Djokovic Is Not at Full Strength
The No. 1 seed in this tournament is Novak Djokovic, who has won four Grand Slam titles since 2010. Djokovic has taken the stage as the man to beat with his impressive 43-match winning streak last year.
Let's not forget that Federer was the man to end the streak by defeating Djokovic in the 2011 semi-final of the French Open. Federer has the tools to defeat Djokovic at Roland Garros, and if these two meet up in the semifinal—which for the sake of tennis I hope happens—expect Federer to come out victorious.
Another aspect in Federer's favor is that Djokovic is not playing completely healthy at this moment. Djokovic is battling health concerns and will need to shake those off in order to defeat Federer. Regardless of the nicks and bruises that Djokovic is suffering, when the pressure builds and a trip to the French Open final is on the line, Federer will win.
Rafael Nadal Searching for Swagger
Rafael Nadal has been the arch nemesis to Federer for years at the French Open. Nadal has defeated Federer four times in French Open Finals, making him the perfect man to halt Federer's quest for a 17th Grand Slam Championship.
What will turn the tide Federer's way this season? Simply, Nadal is not in the right state of mind. He has been off much of the year and is not playing with the same confidence and swagger that awarded him six French Open titles.
Novak Djokovic has defeated Nadal in three straight grand slam finals, leaving his confidence shaken and perfect for Federer to break even more. Expect Federer to defeat Nadal in this year's French Open Final.
Federer Looked Dominant Through Two Rounds
Federer has advanced to the third round of the French Open. On Monday, Federer defeated Tobias Kamke in the first round with a three set sweep. Today, in his second round match-up, Federer took control of the match early struggled in the third set, then went on to finish off Adrian Ungur in four sets.
Federer struggled in the third set, losing to Ungur in a tiebreak, but returned to his championship pedigree form and dominated the fourth and final set 6-3. Federer understands how to survive the first few rounds and will continue to roll on his quest towards a second French Open title.
Federer Deserves to Win
Why not the 2012 French Open for Roger Federer?
It would be great for the sport of tennis to see Federer win again. He is a corporate brand which has become very popular worldwide, especially in his home nation of Switzerland. He has won the most Grand Slam titles in tennis history and arguably is the player of the 2000s.
Finally, the drama of another Federer and Nadal final would be thrilling for the sport of tennis. Tennis needs this kind of match-up and you can bet that Federer, now 30 years old, will win his second French Open title and 17th Grand Slam title.