Wimbledon 2012: Why Roger Federer Can Reclaim Wimbledon Crown
Roger Federer is a six-time Wimbledon Champion. The 16-time Grand Slam winner is certainly fond of the All England Club.
With a 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 first-round win against Spaniard Albert Ramos, Federer looked as if he was hungry as ever. Yes, it's very early into the tournament, but if he is to win one more Grand Slam, chances are it will be on this surface and at this venue.
If the Swiss can win one more Wimbledon, he would tie Pete Sampras with the most ever Wimbledon titles. It's similar to a Rafael Nadal/Bjorn Borg type of situation at the French Open.
Is that crossing Federer's mind? We don't know for sure, but he says the time is now.
What Federer must do is get past the two individuals that have constantly given the legend trouble over the last few years in Nadal and No. 1 Novak Djokovic.
Federer can have a potential date with Djokovic in the semifinals this year. While Djokovic easily handled Fed Ex at the French Open in straight sets, grass is a whole different story.
While Federer recently lost to No. 87 Tommy Haas in a final, this doesn't mean the king of grass will just bow down to anyone. It may get to him mentally a bit more than in the past, but Fed will be able to shake it off.
Federer has a solid section of the draw, and players like Fernando Verdasco and Giles Simon in his section aren't the best grass court players.
If Federer is to win another grand slam, his best opportunity will be at Wimbledon.
However, Federer will need to serve incredibly well against the top players in the world. He will need to show improvements in his backhand as well. Players like Djokovic and Rafa attack Federer's backhand because they know it's one of his weaker shots.
What are the Chances of Federer Winning at Wimbledon?
It has been almost a decade since Federer beat Aussie Mark Philippoussis for his first Wimbledon crown. Fed had the ponytail and everything back then.
Federer hasn't won a major since the 2010 Australian Open. It's been over two years now, but Federer would love to add No. 17 to his list of accomplishments.
What's more fascinating is that Federer still loves this game of tennis as much as a decade ago, and still believes he can win any major.
Why shouldn't he? No man has dominated a sport like Federer has done with tennis.
While Wimbledon is certainly the major that plays slow, the grass has gotten faster over the years. This is why Federer has struggled against guys like Tomas Berdych and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the All England Club.
Similar to what Federer and Nadal once had, now is the time when some other player has to break up the duo of Nadal and Djokovic dominating the sport.
Against the two, Federer may just have to go for broke and go for his shots. Rallying with these two will not be smart, and Federer may just have to win quick points off winners.
Unforced errors will be key as well. If Federer has a bad day with unnecessary errors, chances are he will be getting ready for the Olympics before a final at Wimbledon.
However, Fed Ex has the experience to take him deep into this tournament.
We'll see what happens, but for Federer, Wimbledon could be the Grand Slam to enjoy one last time.
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