Wimbledon 2012 is Roger Federer’s tournament to lose. His excellence on grass courts and desire to add to his impressive 16 Grand Slam titles will propel him over rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
Roger Federer, 30, isn’t just fighting against his competition at Wimbledon 2012. The days of his mid-20’s, where he enjoyed pure dominance over the sport of Tennis, are behind him.
Federer’s longtime bitter rival, Nadal, and newer adversary, Djokovic, are standing in the way of Federer adding another Grand Slam to his all-time record 16 titles. Nadal may be the biggest historical rival in Federer’s past, but Djokovic is quickly rising to the challenge.
Can the aging tennis legend overcome the odds and defeat one, if not both, of his bitter rivals in order to enjoy the sweet taste of glory once again?
First of all, Wimbledon has been Federer’s most dominant grand slam tournament of them all. No one else comes close to his dominance of the tournament over the past decade. He has won the prestigious Wimbledon prize a total of six times (2003-2007, 2009). That dominance comes from his quickness on grass.
Nadal said Federer is the one of the best players on grass and it is tough to beat him on that surface.
Nadal leads the overall head-to-head rivalry with Federer 18-10. However, Federer’s holds a 2-1 edge on grass courts against his familiar foe.
Djokovic and Federer have never met on grass. Despite some recent head-to-head struggles, Federer has a 12-10 lead over Djokovic. In 2011, Federer eliminated Djokovic from the French Open semifinals and ended his perfect 41-0 season.
There is definitely a rivalry heating up here, and Federer has the advantage if the two meet at Wimbledon on his preferred grass court.
Also, age isn’t everything.
Federer hopes to emulate fellow tennis legend Pete Sampras. Aging and injured, Sampras won Wimbledon as a 28-year-old in 2000 as his second-to-last Grand Slam win. Sampras finished with a then-record 14 Grand Slam titles.
The record may already belong to Federer, but Nadal is approaching slowly from the shadows with a respectable 11 titles. At only 26, Nadal has the opportunity to surpass Federer’s record. This is the perfect storm for Federer to increase his standing as the best tennis player to have ever played the game.
Barring an unforeseen slip-up to an up-and-coming youngster, Federer is poised to distance himself even further in the record books from Djokovic and Nadal’s reach.
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