Wimbledon 2012: Roger Federer Will Carry Momentum to US Open

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Wimbledon 2012: Roger Federer Will Carry Momentum to US Open
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Roger Federer won his 17th career Grand Slam this weekend, but his success will not end with Wimbledon.

The Swiss tennis player defeated No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic in the semifinals and then local hero Andy Murray in the finals to win his seventh career Wimbledon title. That mark ties him with Pete Sampras and 19th century star William Renshaw for the most all time.

In addition, the win also allows Federer to return to the No. 1 ranking in the world. The question that remains is whether or not he can continue his current run.

Wimbledon has long been Federer's best tournament due to his dominance on grass courts. In his career, he has won 87.5 percent of his matches on grass, better than any other surface. 

However, this tournament was still an important one for the veteran. He had not won a Grand Slam in over two years. At 30 years old, many were beginning to question whether he would ever win one again.

Defeating Murray in seemed like a road game helped silence critics, especially after dismantling Djokovic in the semifinals. He had already lost twice in the past two months to the Serbian and he needed to prove that he could still get it done.

Now that he has gotten over that barrier, it is time to look at what else he can accomplish before his career is over.

Federer has already won a gold medal in doubles at the Olympics, but a singles title has eluded him so far. Considering this year's tournament will take place at Wimbledon, he has to be considered a favorite to take home his first singles gold medal.

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After the Olympics end, the sport returns to playing on hard courts, most notably at the U.S. Open at the end of August. Although this levels the playing field, the momentum that Federer has gained will not go away soon.

Wimbledon had surprisingly been the player's worst major event in the past two years as he lost in the quarterfinals each time. He had slowly been returning back to form, and Wimbledon was simply the coronation of everything he has achieved.

Over the past year, Federer continues to be outstanding when serving and can still cover as much ground as anyone in the sport. He remains one of the most accomplished tennis players in history, and no one else wants to see him on the other side of the net.

As the star works to finish out the season, there is no reason to believe he cannot end 2012 with a few more titles.

 

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