Gerry Weber Open 2012: Adjustments Roger Federer Must Make for Wimbledon
Roger Federer's disappointing loss to Tommy Haas in the 2012 Gerry Weber Open leaves a shot at a redemption at Wimbledon.
With Wimbledon set to begin near the end of the month, Federer must also battle a recent losing history even though he has an illustrious career there.
Federer last lost the Halle final in 2010 to Lleyton Hewitt, and he followed that with an unfortunate quarterfinal loss to Tomáš Berdych in 2011.
And after losing to Novak Djokovic in the 2012 French Open semifinals earlier this month, it is quite obvious that Federer has to adjust his game if he wants redemption.
Play Better on Grass Surface
Federer plays his best tennis on grass. He’s won countless Wimbledons, nearly as many Halle titles and he beat the great Pete Sampras on the green stuff.
In recent times, Federer’s struggled on the lawn.
Since 2010, Federer is 0-4 in winning grass tournaments, losing twice in the Wimbledon quarterfinals and twice in the Halle finals.
Grass may be Federer's new weak spot, and he must improve on that. With all the doubters on him, Wimbledon will be the best place to prove them wrong.
Get an Lead Early
Like every sporting match or game, getting an early lead is crucial.
If Federer wants a chance to win, he must establish an early lead against his opponent.
With how competitive the men's side has become, getting an early lead is all the more crucial.
Limit the Unforced Errors
In the first few rounds of the French Open, this was the biggest problem for Federer.
Though he won his first match in straight sets and his second in four sets, he committed more unforced errors than his opponent in each.
He had 47 in his first match and 40 in his second before trimming that number down to 25 in his French Open matchup with Nicolas Mahut.
If Federer wants his chance at another title, he must limit the unforced errors against his opponents.
Forget His Recent Losses
Federer has had a rough couple of years in his illustrious career.
His last Grand Slam title came back in 2010, when he won the Australian Open. He has reached just one final in the eight Grand Slams since then.
Whether it be his past failures in Grand Slams or his struggles on clay, Federer needs to start fresh each and every match.
He can't stress or overthink anything he is doing. He can't worry about Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, either.
The less stress he has, the better his game will be.