Roger Federer has been having one of the best years of his career, and will cap it off by winning the U.S. Open against some of the best tennis players in the world today.
Winning an Olympic silver medal at one of the world's biggest tennis tournaments isn't even his greatest accomplishment in 2012. Despite the loss to Andy Murray, Federer still represented his country well and earned his first singles medal in the Olympics.
The current No. 1 in the ATP rankings has been having a year that has been fitting of his ranking. He has been arguably the most dominant player in tennis for a while now, but at this point, he turns in year-round success by the time July hits.
Grand Slam victories will justify his No. 1 ranking by the ATP
At Wimbledon, he defeated Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic on his way to winning the third of four Grand Slam tournaments held in 2012. He made it to the semifinals in both the Australian Open and the French Open in 2012. Even though he didn't win either tournament, he lost to the eventual runners-up in Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
Adding a U.S. Open title to his Wimbledon title will justify his No. 1 ranking. The silver medal at the Olympics combined with a pair of Grand Slam victories would easily catapult Federer to the top of the ATP this year.
Winning the U.S. Open won't be a cake walk
Despite holding the top seed, Federer doesn't have the best draw in the tournament by any means. While he ends up with an easy matchup against the 23rd seed Mardy Fish, his next three matches could be against opponents that might be able to defeat him.
Tomas Berdych would be the next top seed that Federer would face. The sixth seed hasn't made it past a Grand Slam quarterfinals since 2010 and likely won't defeat Federer in the U.S. Open. However, he should end up giving the No. 1 player in the world a challenge and could very well win a set against the Swiss legend.
Andy Murray is the third seed in the tournament and the 2012 gold medal winner at the Olympics. He beat Federer at the same courts Wimbledon is played on at the Olympics. Murray matches up well with the Swiss star and will give him the toughest challenge he would face on the top half of the bracket.
Novak Djokovic—ATP's No. 2 player—has a somewhat favorable draw on the bottom half of the bracket. His record this year versus Federer is 2-2 and they have been 1-1 at two of the biggest three tournaments so far this year.
Federer may have a tough time making it through the gauntlet, but he should make it through the rough stretch of opponents and finish as the champion of the U.S. Open and the most dominant tennis player of the year.
Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist and Trends and Traffic Writer for Bleacher Report. As a Featured Columnist, he covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL Draft. He is also the Falcons analyst at Drafttek, runs the NFL Draft Website ScarDraft.com and hosts Kvetching Draftniks Radio.
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