Wimbledon Tennis 2012 Finals: How Roger Federer Will Compete at US Open

Thomas ConroyCorrespondent IJuly 8, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 08:  Roger Federer of Switzerland holds the winner's trophy after winning his Gentlemen's Singles final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 8, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Another Grand Slam has been completed, as Roger Federer has won the Wimbledon men’s singles final. Now we begin our final trek of the season to New York for the US Open. Lately, all eyes have been focused on Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, who have dominated play in the majors. But Federer hasn’t been that far behind, especially after equaling Pete Sampras’ record of seven Wimbledon championships today.

Now that he reclaimed the No.1 ranking in the world after being out of the limelight for a short time, a victory at the US Open will give Federer a secure hold of the top spot in the sport heading into the final quarter of the season, and his confidence level has never been higher.

Federer’s win at Wimbledon ended a two-and-a-half-year drought without a Grand Slam title, as he last defeated Andy Murray at the 2010 Australian Open. Yes, Federer has lost some frustrating Grand Slam matches during this tough stretch, but you cannot say that he’s past his prime. You have to give credit to the other players who have raised their game to meet Federer’s high compete level.

Achieving another Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows isn’t a difficult task for him, as he’s one of tennis' most decorated athletes who is accustomed to life under the spotlight. Federer is very comfortable having the masses scrutinize his every move, shot and post-match comments during a Grand Slam.

His game plan for a major is very simple, as he plays to the best of his ability, and hopefully it will give him a chance at winning the ultimate prize at the end of the tournament. Federer never looks ahead in the draw or uses one match to prove a point to his critics who doubt his play.

In crucial moments of a Grand Slam, Federer will become aggressive and challenge his opponents from all sides of the court. He never gives the impression of being distracted by the pressure of performing at this high level. If you’re going to defeat him, then you must bring you’re “A” game and be prepared for a five-set marathon.

Each Grand Slam final is a challenge, but Federer is very capable of winning the US Open. He never takes playing in one of these events lightly. Sure, some majors have slipped through his fingers, but more often than not, Federer is the hero with the trophy in the end.