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ATP Ranking: 3
Why He's Here: It's impossible to think of Roger Federer as anything other than the legend that he is, but outside of winning Wimbledon, the last year has been rather ordinary according to Federer standards.
He looked great in a dazzling five-set win over Tsonga in the Australia quarterfinals, but outside of Oz he hasn't looked very good all year. But, I mean, he's still Roger Federer. At this point, the only thing he could do that would surprise me is beat Nadal on clay.
Early French Outlook: Federer knows how to peak for the majors better than anyone, but it's hard to gauge his clay form after he lost early to Nishikori in Madrid and made the Rome final without facing a Top 15 player.
He'll be the No. 2 seed, and with the right draw—meaning one with Nadal and Djokovic in the other half—he could certainly find himself back in the French Open final. I suspect he'll lose in the quarterfinals though.
Best Case Scenario for 2013: Federer's currently only No. 6 in the calendar-year ATP Race rankings, so he has a lot of ground to make up to get back where he was a year ago. Still, rumors of his inevitable demise have been greatly exaggerated in the past.
Best case scenario, he wins another Slam and has a few more statement wins over Murray, Djokovic and Nadal. He's certainly capable of it. Realistically, he'll be doing great just to hang on to his spot in the Top Four at the end of the year.