World No. 3 Roger Federer has not won a grand slam since the 2010 Australian Open. That is a dry spell of nine majors for the man who holds the most career grand slam singles titles, a drought he will be looking to end that at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships.
The Swiss superstar won the 2003-2007 and 2009 Wimbledon titles, but has bowed out in the quarterfinals the last two seasons to Tomas Berdych and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Don't look for him to bow out before the semifinals in 2012, however. Other than big-serving American John Isner, there is no one in his section who poses a big threat to the six-time Wimbledon champion.
If Isner can get there, he could make a match of it against Federer in the quarterfinals. He has a win over Federer in 2012 in Davis Cup, and his strong serve always makes him a tough opponent.
The big issue with Isner, however, is his inability to get through matches quickly enough to go deep into the second week of a grand slam tournament. The No. 11 seed at this year's Wimbledon should get to the quarterfinals, but it is no guarantee whatsoever.
The rest of Federer's draw includes seeded players Mikhail Youzhny, Janko Tipsarevic, Giles Simon, Julien Benneteau, Andreas Seppi and Fernando Verdasco. Simon has had some success against Federer in the past, but none of those players are strong enough on grass to pull an upset.
Federer's last two losses at Wimbledon came at the hands of big hitters who had the ability to hit him off the court. Isner would meet that criteria, especially with his serve, but he hasn't proven to have the stamina to reach a grand slam semifinal.
The semifinal match is likely to be a different story for Federer, as he is likely to meet World No. 1 Novak Djokovic or Berdych.
If he does meet Djokovic, it would be their first career meeting on grass, presenting an interesting match-up as that has been Federer's best surface. The Serb has gotten the better of their head to head match-up of late after Federer dominated the first few years.
No matter who Federer were to meet in the semis, he should be well rested. If he is on top of his game, which we didn't see at the French Open, it isn't out of the realm of possibility that he could enter the final four without having dropped a set, especially if he avoids having to play Isner.
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