Federer has been a fixture at the quarterfinal stage in majors since 2004. His road this year hasn’t been ideal, but he’s only one victory away from capturing another spot in the round of eight.
The biggest question that needs to be answered this week is if Federer has lost his killer instinct against the top players in the world. Tennis is often decided by the slightest of margins, and lately Federer has continually come up short in Grand Slam matches.
Yes, his body has failed him at times, but his focus and determination must pick up the slack to prevail this week.
With Rafael Nadal out of the draw, Federer can breathe a little bit easier entering this upcoming week. He doesn’t have to defeat Novak Djokovic and Nadal in consecutive matches to capture his seventh Wimbledon singles title.
Andy Murray is the best-seeded player remaining in the opposite draw, but he has proven to have difficulty defeating top players in Grand Slam finals.