Wimbledon 2012: Roger Federer's Record-Tying Victory Will Lead to US Open Title

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistJuly 9, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 08:  Roger Federer of Switzerland holds the winner's trophy and waves to the crowd 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 Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Roger Federer won his seventh Wimbledon title ties him with Pete Sampras for the most of all time. His reign won't end there this summer.

Federer will ride the momentum from his emotional victory on Centre Court on Sunday into a US Open championship in late August.

He's proven he still has the ability, and Wimbledon showed his stamina still comes and goes. Before Wimbledon, it seemed like his stamina was subpar. He was showing his age in recent Grand Slam competition, but his tournament (especially the final two rounds) were a testament to his lingering fortitude.

The US Open does present a surface change, but Federer showed he's still capable of sticking with Novak Djokovic. He beat him handily in their semifinal meeting, and Djokovic won't forget that loss. Federer may not meet the defending champion in Arthur Ashe Stadium, but the idea is likely.

Federer is a proven hard-court player. He won five consecutive US Open's from 2004-08. He made it to the finals in 2009, and the semifinals in 2010-11. He's an excellent player, but lately he hasn't been able to get over the hump in this tournament.

His Wimbledon victory could give him the only boost he needs. Federer returned to form and dominated the competition, including the No. 1 player in the world. There's no way to doubt Federer's ability to play at 30 years old, not anymore at least.

People try to say Federer is no longer "feared." Rafael Nadal and Djokovic are two much safer picks at this point to win a Grand Slam title, but that doesn't mean you should overlook "The Swiss Maestro's" ability to persevere.

Federer doesn't have much left in the tank, but he has just enough to finish the summer circuit on a high note. He will be a force to be reckoned with when August 27 rolls around.