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There may be no one hungrier to reach the final than Roger Federer.
He's had to hear everyone say he's washed up at the age of 32. He lost in the second round of this very tournament a year ago. He's won this tournament seven times, most recently in 2012.
Federer put on a clinic in Week 1.
He barely broke a sweat and looked like he was putting more effort into his Rolex commercials than he was through the first three rounds. Federer said afterward on Wimbledon's website, via Kate Battersby:
I’m pleased, absolutely. It’s been a good first week for me. I’ve been playing well, feeling good. Didn’t drop any sets. Wasn’t really in danger in any of the matches. Got a lot of info from the first week on how I need to play moving forward.
Should Federer reach the quarterfinals, he'd face Stan Wawrinka, a player Federer has owned, 13-2. Wawrinka won the last match, but that was on clay in the Monte Carlo final. The two have never played on grass.
A Federer win will likely put him in the semifinals against Rafael Nadal.
The tennis world would love to see Federer and Nadal play again. The two haven't faced one another since the 2014 Australian Open, where Nadal won in straight sets.
Federer's road to reclaim the glory and win his eighth Wimbledon won't be easy, but he's playing some of his best tennis right now and has to be considered a major threat to win.