Projecting How Roger Federer Will Fare at 2013 French Open

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IMay 17, 2013

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 07:  Roger Federer of Switzerland in action against Radek Stepanek of Czech Republic during day four of the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament at the Caja Magica on May 7, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Despite having won the French Open only once over the course of his legendary career, Roger Federer is routinely in the mix at Roland Garros, and don't expect that to change in 2013.

Sure, Fed has struggled immensely this season, failing to win a single tournament thus far and recently returning from a two-month layoff only to be upset by Kei Nishikori in the third round at the Madrid Open.

But tennis fan don't need to worry about the 17-time Grand Slam champion this summer in Paris.

Not only has Fed reached the quarterfinals at every major tournament since the 2004 French Open, but he's also reached the semifinals at Roland Garros in seven of the past eight years, reaching the final five times and winning it all in 2009.

And in 2013, with world No. 2 Andy Murray now doubtful for the French Open, the door is open for Fed to return to the semis again. No, a berth in the semifinals wouldn't be reason to celebrate for Federer, but it would provide him with some crucial momentum heading into his favorite Slam, Wimbledon.

Fed has won a record seven Wimbledon titles, and each year that he's bowed out of the semifinals at the French Open, he's gone on to win the title at the All England Club.

Therefore, you can anticipate the 2009 French Open champion will bring his A-game to Paris this year.

Slam after Slam, year after year, Fed makes deep run after deep run at major tournaments. His success at the season's biggest events can't simply be described as an on-off switch that he flicks before and after tournaments but instead a laser-like focus and the heart of a champion.

At age 31, he knows when to go all out and when to throttle back.

But at this point in his career, to suggest that Federer will upend Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic on his way to winning the 2013 French Open would be foolish. Instead, considering Fed has reached the semifinals at 31 of the past 35 Grand Slam tournaments, it's safe to say the Swiss legend will be in the mix this June, even if he isn't playing for the crown on Championship Sunday.


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