Wimbledon 2012: How Roger Federer Won His 17th Grand Slam

Dan Kaneko@Danpard117Correspondent IJuly 8, 2012

Wimbledon 2012: How Roger Federer Won His 17th Grand Slam

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    World no. 3 Roger Federer won his seventh Wimbledon title on Sunday, defeating hometown hero Andy Murray, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4. 

    On Monday, Federer will no longer be no. 3. He will reclaim the no. 1 ranking for the first time since June of 2010.  With his 31st birthday only a month away, many believed Federer would never win another Grand Slam or regain the no. 1 ranking.  With his victory on Centre Court on Sunday, Federer proved his critics wrong and accomplished both feats. 

    Here’s a look at how the Swiss Maestro won his 17th Grand Slam title.

1. The Serve

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    Roger used every instrument of his game to carry him to Wimbledon glory—the forehand, the backhand slice and the net play. But none may have been more important than the serve.

    Roger’s serve is crucially important to his game on every surface, but even more so on grass.  He found his biggest serves when he needed to and hit every corner with jaw-dropping precision. 

    Federer used his serve masterfully to take his opponents out of the point before the point really even began.

2. The Upset

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    Lukas Rosol’s second round upset over Rafael Nadal undoubtedly played a role in Federer’s title run. 

    Always known as Federer’s kryptonite, Nadal boasts an 18-10 head-to-head record against Federer and leads 8-2 in Grand Slam play.  While Federer has beaten Nadal twice in the Wimbledon final, the last time the two rivals met at the All England Club, Nadal was the one who hoisted the winner’s trophy. 

    Federer may or may not have won an encounter with Nadal at this year’s tournament, but Rosol made Federer’s title bid significantly easier by eliminating Nadal from the equation.

3. The Comeback

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    Only a day after Nadal was knocked out of the tournament in five sets, Federer himself was pushed to the limit.  Roger’s 4-6, 6-7, 6-2, 7-6, 6-1 comeback win against Julien Benneteau could be seen as a turning point in this tournament. 

    Federer cruised through his first two matches of the tournament, dropping only nine games in two straight-set wins, but he looked disinterested and unmotivated in his third round match against no. 29 Benneteau. 

    Federer came dangerously close to making his earliest exit from a Grand Slam tournament since 2004 before awakening the fire within him to stage a thrilling comeback.

4. The off-Day

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    Novak Djokovic looked like the man to beat through the first five rounds of Wimbledon. 

    Unfortunately for him, he woke up on the wrong side of the bed the day he had to meet Federer in the semifinals.  Djokovic looked slow and error-prone in a match with the no. 1 ranking on the line. 

    Not to discredit Federer, he played a very clean match and served extremely well.  He kept the points short and never allowed Djokovic into this one.

5. The Champion

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    Great champions always find a way to win. 

    Andy Murray played a great match in the final, only suffering momentary lapses of concentration, but Federer’s experience was too much for the Brit to overcome. For a guy who has accomplished just about everything in this sport and broken almost every record, Roger still has the desire to do more.

    After adding a 17th Grand Slam title to his collection, Federer will be the first to tell you he’s not done yet.  He may be nearing the twilight of his career, but the hunger that drove him to his record-equaling seventh Wimbledon title should never be overlooked.