With the 2012 French Open coming to a close, Wimbledon is already right around the corner. As much as analysts and fans like to use Roland Garros results as an indicator for how the campaign in London will play out, the drastically different courts make it difficult to do so. As a result, we shouldn't immediately jump to the conclusion that Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will have the best chance at the title.
In fact, another man may have even more promise going into this year's Wimbledon. That man is commonly referred to as the Swiss Maestro, as well as one of the all-time greats: Roger Federer.
Entering his rematch of last year's semifinal against world No. 1 Djokovic at Roland Garros, many expected Roger Federer to take out the Serb as he did in 2011, or at least to make it a close match. Instead, the Djoker cruised past him in straight sets to claim his spot in the finals.
While a lot of people would call this a crushing blow to Fed's season, he is a well-established champion, which means he knows how to turn these kinds of disappointments into motivation. Now, stepping onto the grass courts of England, one thing is for sure: He will be out to redeem himself.
Motivation is not the only thing that Federer will have going for him come late June. It certainly helps that Wimbledon is by far his best Grand Slam; since his first title there in 2003, he has won the tournament six times, making up more than a third of his 16 total Slam titles.
In other words, if he wants to win another Grand Slam soon, Wimbledon would be the easiest place for him to do it.
Another point in his favor is his 2012 record thus far. Sure, he didn't manage to reach the finals in either of the first two Grand Slams. But outside of the majors, he has done some impressive things in the past six months.
Up to this point in the season, he has won two Masters events (Indian Wells and Madrid), as well as events in Dubai and Rotterdam. Considering his age, he isn't really slacking much at all, and it will only take a small boost (such as the motivation mentioned earlier) to bring him to another Wimbledon title.
Djokovic and Nadal fans should very well be rejoicing over their beloved players' performances at Roland Garros this year. As much praise as they deserve, though, they shouldn't and won't rest too much on French Open results as confidence. A major threat in the form of the world No. 3 will be ready to pounce as the next Grand Slam rolls around.