Roger Federer: Projecting What Titles Fed Will Add to His Legacy in 2013
There's little left for Roger Federer to accomplish in tennis, but that doesn't mean he's satisfied.
While Father Time has clearly taken a bite out of Fed's game in recent years, the Swiss star's drive to be the best hasn't once wavered. At age 31, Fed boasts not only an unparalleled game, but invaluable experience.
Experience that he will put to use in 2013.
Here, we'll project what singles titles Roger Federer will add to his legacy this year.
ATP Mutua Madrid Open
Federer's lack of titles at the French Open sometimes cloud his clay-court legacy, but make no mistake, the seasoned veteran can win on any surface. He's won on the blue clay of Madrid twice since 2009 and beat Tomas Berdych in the final there last year.
A runner-up to clay master Rafael Nadal at Madrid in 2010, Fed has made the final in Spain's capital city his home in recent years.
With a smooth, effortless serve at his advantage, as well as an array of one-handed shots, Fed will be the man to beat at this spring Masters 1000 tournament.
ATP Gerry Weber Open
How many Majors will Fed win in 2013?
Fed has experienced his fair share of heartbreak at the ATP Gerry Weber Open in recent years, losing in the final in 2010 and 2012. But those two failures don't overshadow Fed's overall brilliance at the annual grass-court tourney.
He's won there five times in his career, dominating on his way to winning four straight from 2003 to 2006.
Five years later in 2013, I like Fed to finally earn his sixth Gerry Weber Open title. He excels on the softer, green surface, and will need to elevate his game heading into his best Slam event, Wimbledon.
If Rafael Nadal is the King of Clay, then Roger Federer is the King of Grass.
Fed can become the first man in history to win an eighth Wimbledon championship in 2013, and it's only fitting that he does. After all, Fed's first career Grand Slam came at the All England Club in the summer of 2003, and he's currently tied with Pete Sampras for the most titles there in the Open era.
But based on how dominant Fed looked on the London grass last summer, he has to be the favorite coming into Wimbledon this year. If there's a Slam to be won by Fed in 2013 or beyond, it's this one.
ATP World Tour Finals
Will Fed win a seventh career year-end title at age 32?
Federer fell just short of winning his seventh career year-end championship last November, losing a hard-fought battle to Novak Djokovic in the final in London.
But having won six year-end titles since 2003, and appearing in eight year-end finals since that same year, Fed has to be considered the favorite to go the distance in 2013. Depending on how high a level Rafael Nadal can return to this year, Fed may have three threats to neutralize, rather than two (Djokovic and Andy Murray).
But no player—not Pete Sampras, John McEnroe nor Bjorn Borg—has won as many year-end titles as Roger Federer. He stands alone with six, and after missing a golden opportunity to make it seven in 2012, Fed will be back with a vengeance.
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