Roger Federer: Will Fed-Ex Deliver a Grand Slam Championship in 2012?

Dan RenfroCorrespondent IIIJune 4, 2012

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 01:  Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a backhand during his men's singles third round match against Nicolas Mahut of France during day six of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 1, 2012 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Roger Federer will need a miracle to win a Grand Slam this year.

He is one of the most successful tennis players of all time, but Federer hasn't won a Grand Slam in over two years. Furthermore, he's only made one final in his last eight attempts.

He has a lot of work to do if he plans on winning a Grand Slam this year.

Obviously, Federer is still talented. He's one of the greatest players ever, and he hasn't completely lost his touch. However, he has taken a step back, and his competition has stepped up.

Novak Djokovic has won four of the last five Grand Slams, and he's looked like the world's best player for over a year now. Additionally, Rafael Nadal has made the final in seven out of the last eight Grand Slams.

With those two dominating the game like they have been, Federer doesn't stand much of a chance.

With that said, don't forget how well Federer fares at the next two Grand Slams. Assuming he falls short at the French Open (he's only won it once), Federer will have two decent opportunities to win a Grand Slam. He's won at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open a combined 11 times, and he could add to that total this year.

However, I wouldn't count on it.

Yes, Federer is a great player. Yes, these are his two best tournaments. But that doesn't mean he will be able to capture the title.

At this point in his career, Federer is the clear-cut third-best player in the world. It doesn't matter what surface he plays on. Federer will not be able to beat Djokovic or Nadal.

As long as those two are playing, Federer will not be able to win a Grand Slam.

Barring injury to one of his biggest competitors, don't expect Federer to win a Grand Slam this year.