Roger Federer: Comeback Against Julien Benneteau Proves Fed Will Win Wimbledon

Josh SchochAnalyst IIIJune 29, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29:  Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates winning his Gentlemen's Singles third round match against Julien Benneteau of France on day five of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 29, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Roger Federer's comeback against Julien Benneteau on Friday should not scare tennis fans, as it proves that he will win his seventh Wimbledon title and tie Pete Sampras for the most all-time.

Fed-Ex started slowly against Benneteau, dropping the first two sets. However, he came out and played stellar tennis against Benneteau in the final three, winning 4-6, 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 7-6 (8-6), 6-1.

Benneteau's great start was no fault of Fed's, but it was also not just a coincidence. The match was played inside on centre court with the roof closed. This gave Benneteau a distinct advantage when serving.

Benneteau has a very high toss on his serves, and part of the reason why he struggles at times is because of wind. However, inside his serves were absolutely perfect, and we rarely saw him be broken by Federer because of it.

While Benneteau did play very well and there's no point in denying it, he did have an advantage because the match was played inside.

Along with his near-perfect serves, Benneteau also played arguably the two best sets of his career. He had almost no unforced errors during the first two sets, which is why he took a two set lead.

However, as one of the game's best, Federer was somehow able to keep it close against Benneteau despite him playing impeccable tennis.

When Benneteau finally came back down to earth in the third set he was still playing well, but not as well as he was earlier in the match.

Fed took advantage.

With killer instincts, Federer took advantage of his opening, and he quickly won the third set. With his confidence back, Fed went on to battle and win the fourth set before demolishing Benneteau in the fifth and final set.

Fed showed the grit of a champion today, and his veteran experience paid off.

Now that Fed has avoided what could be the biggest challenge in the tournament for him, he is poised to win it all.

If he can dispatch of the pesky world's No. 1 in Novak Djokovic, he will be able to advance to the finals and beat a Rafael Nadal-less bottom half.

Fed's path to his seventh Wimbledon title is relatively clear, and once he beats the Djoker on his best surface, he will capture No. 7.