Roger Federer: Breaking Down Star's Likely Road to 7th Wimbledon Title
The next came from Xavier Malisse, who became the second straight opponent to provide a tough test for Federer.
Federer ended up advancing in four sets, securing his spot in the quarterfinals.
Let's take a look at what the Swiss sensation will likely have to face if he's going to win his seventh Wimbledon championship, which would tie him for the most in history.
Federer's quarterfinal matchup is set. He will take on Mikhail Youzhny, who survived a five-set marathon against Denis Istomin.
That should help negate any type of advantage Youzhny would have had due to the back problem.
To say it's an ideal opponent for Federer would be an understatement: He has won all 13 meetings between the two players, one at the Halle warm-up tournament on grass.
So he clearly has Youzhny's number and will be a big favorite.
The most important thing for Federer, aside from winning, will be getting off the court as quickly as possible. His last two matches have taken a lot out of him. Getting a quick win would really boost his chances of going the distance.
It appears Federer remains on a collision course with top-ranked player Novak Djokovic.
It's the match everybody was looking forward to before the tournament even started, and nothing has changed to make it look any less likely.
Federer still holds a 14-12 lead in the all-time series between the two powerhouses of the men's game, but the tide has turned in Djokovic's favor recently. The Serbian has won the last three meetings and six of the last seven.
That said, if there's one surface on which Federer can never be counted out, it's grass.
Djokovic has been solid throughout the tournament but not unbeatable. A vintage Federer performance would be enough to push him through.
How far will Federer go?
If he reaches the title match, there would be several potential opponents.
That said, it still looks like a golden opportunity for Wimbledon fan favorite Andy Murray. Tennis fans have been waiting for his Grand Slam breakthrough for a couple years now, but he hasn't been able to get over the hump.
With a promising draw and strong play, now could be the time.
It would also provide the perfect storyline: Murray trying to prove he can win his first major and Federer hoping to win another one to prove he's still a threat.
It would be a must-see match.
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