Roger Federer's Most Difficult Opponents at 2013 Wimbledon Tournament

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIJune 22, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 08:  Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates match point during his Gentlemen's Singles final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 8, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Roger Federer shocked many of the experts by winning Wimbledon in 2012 at the age of 30. If he is to repeat as Wimbledon champion and capture his eighth title at the All England Club, he will have to battle through his share of tough opponents.

The Wimbledon draw is separated into four sections. Federer is the third seed in the third section of the draw. He's the highest seed in his section, but there are still potential pitfalls for the future Hall of Famer.

The following players represent the most difficult potential challenges Federer could face from each section.


Novak Djokovic

Possible Meeting in Finals

Federer owns a 16-13 edge over Djokovic in their careers and won their only meeting at Wimbledon in 2012, but Djokovic is still a dangerous draw.

He's still the No. 1 player in the world, and he won Wimbledon in 2011. Djokovic won their last meeting and will be looking to claim his second Grand Slam title of the year after winning the Australian Open.

Djokovic would be a tough out for Federer in the final.


Juan Martin del Potro

Possible Meeting in Finals

Fed has beaten JMDP 13 of the 17 times they've met, but the 24-year-old Argentinian has won the last two meetings.

Neither of those wins came in best-of-five-set matches, but JMDP did knock Federer off to win the 2009 U.S. Open in a five-set masterpiece. His big serve and powerful forehand can be major issues for Fed.

JMDP is the kind of player who can be dominant when he's on. If he reaches the finals and meets Fed, you can bet he'll be playing very well.


Rafael Nadal

Possible Meeting in Quarterfinals

This is quite obvious if you're the least bit familiar with Nadal and Federer's rivalry. The Spaniard has won 20 of the 30 meetings between the two.

Federer has won two of their three meetings at Wimbledon, but Nadal won the most recent match at All England Club. The series hasn't gone well for Federer this year, as Nadal has already defeated him twice in 2013.

Nadal served notice he was healthy and back to top form with his win at the French Open in May. A meeting in the quarterfinals would be a feature attraction and could very well lead to a disappointing exit for Fed.


Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Possible Meeting in Semifinals

The man who just upset Fed at the French Open could be in position to upset Fed in a second straight Grand Slam tournament. Fed has won nine of the 13 meetings, but Tsonga has always given him trouble in Grand Slams.

Before beating him at Roland Garros in May, Tsonga pushed Fed to five sets at the 2013 Australian Open. He rallied to defeat Fed at Wimbledon in 2011 after dropping the first two sets.

Tsonga's confidence has to be high right now. If he reaches his second straight Grand Slam semifinal, he'll be extremely dangerous for Federer.


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