As Roger Federer continues to get older, there will still be much talk of how many more majors the Swiss can win. While he still has the game to win titles on tour, will the Swiss be able to get past the hurdle of semifinals in majors?
That is a tough question to answer. The 30-year-old Swiss Maestro is still capable of making semifinals and a final here and there at Grand Slams, but the question is, can he win one?
Federer has 16 to his name, but those who respect his game and have followed him over the years know he's more than capable of winning one or two more if he plays high-quality tennis for two weeks.
What better opportunity to win another one than at this year's Wimbledon? After Federer survived a deep scare in the third round against Julien Benneteau in a five-set thriller, there are questions as to whether he can do the same against the top players in the world.
It can be done at the All England Club. With the recent shocker of Rafael Nadal losing in a second-round match to Lukas Rosol, Federer should believe that if he can get past world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals, he will be the favorite to win a seventh Wimbledon crown.
In Fed's win over Benneteau, he was down two sets to none. He was able to make a comeback through some strong serving and a lethargic Benneteau in the fifth set.
Next up for the Swiss will be Belgian Xavier Malisse, who took down Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in a five-set match of their own.
Federer has the opportunity of a lifetime. He has a relatively easy path to the semis where Djokovic will likely await.
Can Federer beat Djokovic in the semifinals?
For Federer to get past Djoker, his backhand will need to be more effective. Throughout the match against Benneteau, it was clear that Federer was struggling with rallying on his backhand side.
Fed will also need to be able to serve a very high percentage. While he was two points away from elimination against the Frenchman, Federer was able to bail himself out of trouble through strong serving. It is imperative for the Swiss to serve very well for any chance to overcome the defending champion Djokovic.
As seen against Benneteau, Federer had trouble with volleys around the net. This can be a bad sign against some top players. He will need to know when to come to net and find ways to finish off points.
It's no surprise that Federer gets caught up in playing too safe during some crucial moments. He needs to look for his shots more and take a bit of risk.
While Federer doesn't want to see classics like what was witnessed on Centre Court, matches like this will give the Hall of Famer confidence going into the second week.
With Nadal falling, a golden opportunity has come about for many players, but especially for Federer, Djokovic and Andy Murray.
While Murray has the most difficult path to the semifinals, he still won't have to deal with Rafa in this tournament. "Murray Mountain" will certainly be a bit anxious in awaiting to see if their guy can be the first English player to win since Fred Perry in 1936.
This is Murray's best opportunity to get to a final near home soil, but Federer knows that he will have a better chance at defeating a guy who hasn't won a major over the likes of Djoker or Rafa on the other side of the net.
It's safe to say that a good portion of England is pulling for Federer as well. He has won their respect over the years.