The Final Frontier For Roger Federer

Aaron KumarSenior Writer IOctober 13, 2009

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 01:  (L-R) Former Australian tennis legend Rod Laver, Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerland are seen during the trophy presentation after the men's final match during day fourteen of the 2009 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on  February 1, 2009 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

After winning this year's Wimbledon title, Roger Federer surpassed Pete Sampras as the most prolific Grand Slam Champion of all time. Indeed, many believe that feat is enough to qualify the Swiss maestro as the greatest tennis player of all time.

At the start of the year, there were two goals which Federer needed to accomplish—one was to win his 15th Grand Slam and the other was to win the French Open.

Many believed that it would be very hard for Federer to win the French Open as long as his nemesis Rafael Nadal was still playing. Nadal had beaten Federer in the French Open final for the past three years and in the semifinals back in 2005.

However, this year Nadal was hampered with an injury and bowed out in the fourth round to Robin Soderling of Sweden. That paved the way for Federer to take the title.

While Federer is the deserved French Open Champion, surely his final frontier would now be to win the French Open after beating the greatest clay court player of all time in the final. But it is hard to see Federer upsetting the Betting Odds and beating Nadal in the final of the French Open.