Wimbledon 2012: 3 Reasons Roger Federer Is Destined for Huge Year
He won Wimbledon for a record-tying seventh time—taking over the world No. 1 ranking in the mean time—and Roger Federer is not stopping at just that. The rest of this year is destined for him to create some more magic.
At 30 years old he is doing things that people never expected. Even though he is the so-called "Master of Grass", many people did not give Federer any chance to win Wimbledon this year. But he did.
Those same people said that he does not have what it takes to overcome Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal for the top spot in the world of tennis. But he did.
And those same people will also continue to say that Roger Federer is too old, and over the hill, to still make an impact on the tennis court against the likes of Djokovic and Nadal. However, those people will be once again proven wrong by Federer by the end of this year.
So, without further adieu, here are three reasons why Roger Federer is destined for more greatness with what is left of the 2012 season.
3. Back to His Familiar Spot
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Federer came into Wimbledon knowing that he was comfortable there, and he always knew that he would be able to present a dangerous challenge to any opponent he met.
Not only did he end up winning the title—for his record-tying seventh time—he also was able to regain the world No. 1 spot, tweeted SportsCenter:
Roger Federer will be ranked No. 1 on Monday, tying Pete Sampras for most weeks ranked No. 1 -- 286 (via @ESPNStatsInfo)— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 8, 2012
That in itself is just as amazing. So many times has Roger Federer been written off when it comes to top level talent in tennis nowadays. It is always about the rivalry between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal that takes the main stage.
The third portion of "the big three" was slowly disappearing. Not anymore, however.
Federer is now the outright best player in the world as the rankings suggest, and is more than used to playing in this type of position. We can remember back to August 2008 when Federer finally lost his No. 1 ranking to Nadal after 237 weeks at the top.
Being No. 1 is nothing new for Roger Federer. It will not scare him, or make him nervous, but rather give him that little extra motivation he needs to come out there and win. There is no questioning he would love to hold that ranking for a long time again.
2. The Final Major Is His Most Consistent
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Although Wimbledon may be where Federer has gained the most championships during his Grand Slam career, it is actually the US Open at which he has been the most consistent.
With the US Open being the last major to be played every year, Federer always makes sure to bring his best game and come into the tournament with high expectations.
He has been able to meet those expectations for the past eight years. In that time he has been able to win the title five times, be the runner-up once and make it too the semifinals twice.
There is no questioning that Federer performs very well at the US Open and as much as Wimbledon is considered his home, New York must be a very close second.
With those types of performances year in and year out Federer may be favored to win in 2012—something he has not been able to do since 2008. After winning Wimbledon, and putting together a very good year thus far, that idea is not totally out of the question.
If he can keep that No.1 ranking until the US Open it will only help open up the field for Federer. He will suddenly not have to play Djokovic or Nadal until the finals. Something that would allow him to keep a little extra left in the tank.
1. Back to Wimbledon for the Olympics
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Nothing sets Federer apart from his peers when it comes to Wimbledon more so than the amount of titles he now has.
With his win yesterday against Andy Murray, Federer showed that Wimbledon is his tournament and his place to play. The win gave him his seventh title and ended up tying him with the great Pete Sampras for most Wimbledon championships.
Fellow player Milos Raonic put it in perspective—in a sort of humorous way—through a tweet he sent out:
Congrats to Roger Federer. He has a bigger collection of Wimbledon trophies than most players have towels.— Milos Raonic (@milosraonic) July 8, 2012
With the 2012 London Olympics coming up in a matter of weeks, there is no doubt Federer is getting ready to represent his country and attempt to win a gold medal—this time in singles.
He is lucky enough that the Olympic tournament will also be played at Wimbledon. Which means he should be coming in as the favorite.
Federer is one of the best tennis players ever, and amazing on grass courts. A gold medal should be in his sights in the next couple of weeks.