Roger Federer won at Wimbledon for the seventh time in his illustrious career on Sunday. It was a victory that reminded everyone of his greatness.
However, today is a new day. With Wimbledon behind us, let's look ahead to the 2012 US Open.
A new tournament breeds new life. Federer won't find the same success he saw at Wimbledon. Here are three reasons why.
Wimbledon is Federer's Playground
Federer dominates on grass. He's also very good on hard courts, but beatable, especially at this point in his career.
He has won seven times at Wimbledon and five times at the US Open. However, the last time he won at the US Open was in 2008.
Nobody is better on grass than Federer, just like nobody is better on clay than Nadal. Meanwhile, there is a certain someone who is better (arguably) on hard courts right now.
Novak Djokovic loves to play on hard courts. He has historically done well on hard courts and he's ready to take back his No. 1 spot in the world.
Djokovic should be the favorite heading into the event and rightfully so. Prior to losing to Nadal at the French Open and Federer at Wimbledon, Djokovic's run was one of the best of all time. Nobody could defeat him.
Suddenly, after two losses to two of the best players in the world, Djokovic will go away?
I don't see that happening.
His focus will be on-point in preparation for this tournament. We will see a completely different player at the US Open.
World No. 1 Target
The difference between being No. 3 and No. 1 isn't too much. If you're Roger Federer, people will always be looking to play their absolute best every time because that's what it takes to defeat Fed-Ex.
Anything less turns into an embarrassing day.
However, when you're at the top spot, you will run up against players who will take more chances than normal and will be more aggressive.
Federer knows the target that is on his back is large, but the No. 1 spot magnifies it slightly. Even if your name is Roger Federer.