Tennis living legend Roger Federer enters the 2013 Wimbledon Championships coming off a stunning loss in the French Open earlier this month, and he must have a short memory of his most recent Grand Slam defeat in order to make history at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
Federer struggled mightily at Roland Garros, being defeated in the quarterfinals by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets for a result that sent shockwaves through the tennis world.
Such is the case when Federer loses before the final round in any tournament.
But when you take a look at the 31-year-old's experiences with Grand Slams, it's suddenly not such a surprise. Fed's only win at the French Open came in 2009, but he has at least four victories at the other three Grand Slam events.
When it comes to Wimbledon however, Federer has had the type of success that only William Renshaw and Pete Sampras have manufactured. Each of the three tennis greats have won seven times at the All England Lawn.
It might be tough for Federer to come into Wimbledon not thinking about his most recent failures, and he may even be using them as motivation. But if he wants to have success in London over the next few weeks, he'll have to be thinking solely on his success at Wimbledon.
The biggest reason why lies within the field of players that he'll face.
As the No. 3-seed, Federer sits on the same half of the bracket as fifth-seed Rafael Nadal and second-seed Andy Murray. Three of the Big Four in men's singles rarely find themselves on the same side of the bracket.
But that's what happens when David Ferrer makes it to a French Open final like he did earlier this month.
The competition level in men's singles has taken off so much since Federer came onto the scene and had his most success as a professional. His age may be a factor, but the level of quality that he faces on a tournament-by-tournament basis is higher than ever.
Federer can't afford to look back and notice his recent failures. There should only be one thing on Fed's mind, and that's the fact that he's the most successful active tennis player at the All England Lawn.
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