Why Roger Federer Has No Pressure in Wimbledon 2012 Run

Martin Baldridge@MARTIN BALDRIDGECorrespondent IIJune 29, 2012

Pressure - what pressure for Roger Federer
Pressure - what pressure for Roger FedererJulian Finney/Getty Images

Roger Federer heads towards the second week of Wimbledon with very little pressure resting on his broad shoulders.


The six-time Wimbledon champion is considered by many to be the greatest tennis player of all time, and has nothing to prove to anyone other than himself.

One of Roger's main ambitions was to surpass Pete Sampras' record of 14 Grand Slams, something he achieved by winning the Wimbledon title in 2009.

Federer certainly doesn't need the money.

He's earned over $71 million in career prize money and more than double that amount from lucrative endorsements, exhibitions and appearance fees.


Federer married Mirka Vavrinec in April 2009. Later that year, the couple became parents to twin girls, Myla Rose and Charlene Riva.

The GOAT has stated that one of his main motivations for continuing to play is for his girls to see him in action before he retires.

I'd estimate that Roger, who turns 31 years old in August, has at least another three good years of tennis left in his tank. 


Having recovered from two sets down in the third round against Julien Benneteau, Federer needed four sets to defeat Xavier Malisse to set up a quarterfinal match with Mikhail Youzhny.

The Swiss holds a 13-0 winning record over the Russian, and It's hard to imagine Fed not making his way to the semifinals to play defending champion and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

This, now that Rafael Nadal is no longer in the tournament, is the potential match of the Wimbledon fortnight.

Who'll be under the more pressure, the GOAT, who's done and seen it all before, or Nole, who's been struggling to reach the heights he achieved in 2011?

If Federer does triumph over the Serbinator, his likely finals opponent will be Britain's Andy Murray, who would be the first home player to win the Championships since 1936.

It will be Murray feeling the pressure far more than Federer looking to match Sampras' seven Wimbledon title record.

Pressure, what pressure?