Roger Federer's Threats to the Calender Slam This Year

Mark McCormickContributor IFebruary 1, 2010

Roger Federer has won every Grand Slam and has 16 major titles, what else is he trying to achieve?

Well, most people are now saying since he has won the Australia Open that he can now win the calender Slam. Roger Federer has never won every major in one year, and this could be an amazing goal for him to achieve, but it is also very hard to achieve. He has three majors left to win this year to win the calender slam, and has very good chances at winning them all.

With Federer's rival, Rafael Nadal, being out due to some knee injuries, the road seems a bit clearer since Nadal has been struggling with his knee since the French Open last year. Federer has never had any good lucky playing against Nadal in a final.

The only two people to beat Federer in a Grand Slam final are Nadal and Del Potro, who also has a wrist injury. The road for 2010 seems pretty clear for Federer. Here is how I will think though how it will go down for the three other Grand Slams.


French Open

Last year was a great year for Federer in this tournament, winning it for the first time. He did not face Nadal in this final last year, who had an early fourth round exit last year losing to Robin Soderling 2-6, 7-6, 6-4, 7-6. Soderling went on to the final but then lost to Federer in straight sets giving him his first French Open.

This year may be tougher even though Nadal will be struggling again with the cause of his knees. Some people have been saying that his finals run will end this year at the tournament. The many great clay court players could stop him this year on his run to another French Open.

Tommy Haas gave Federer a scare last year when Federer was down two sets to love but Federer moving onward to win the match. Some other good clay court players are Juan Martin Del Potro, Lleyton Hewitt, Gael Monfils and Fernando Gonzalez that could give Federer a scare in this years French Open.



Federer has been such a dominant player on the grass court. Last year, Federer played an epic Wimbledon five-setter beating American Andy Roddick 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14.

The year before that, also playing to what people consider the greatest tennis match of all time, he lost to Rafael Nadal 4-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6, 7-9.

This years Wimbledon could be pretty easy for Federer, the only people that are standing in his way are Andy Roddick, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, and a healthier Rafael Nadal.


Us Open

Last year's US Open seemed like a disappointment for Federer, losing to Del Potro in a five setter, 6-3, 6-7, 6-4, 6-7, 2-6. This seemed like the way he had been playing, he should of earned the tournament. This loss ended his chance of winning six straight US Opens.

This year's US Open will be very hard for Federer, because if he does win the French Open and Wimbledon, all of the pressure will be put on him to win the calender Slam. There are also so many great hard court players right now, giving it anyone's chance to win this year.


The main threats in the Grand Slam's later this year

Rafael Nadal: Roger's main rival. If his knee is better by the French Open, it won't be good news for any player. He will be such a threat to everyone and could go on to win some Slam's later in the year.

Novak Djokovic: a great player but always finds a way to struggle in Slams. The Australian Open champion of '08 is still seeking for another Slam and would like to earn another. He has a good record against Roger, and is very capable of beating him, as he beat him in the semi-finals in the '08 Australian Open. Novak, in my prediction, will make a run in the US Open this year.

Andy Murray, who has already made the final in both hard court slams, looks for revenge on Federer after losing in both finals to him in straight sets. He had high hopes last year in Wimbledon but losing to Andy Roddick in the semis. Andy Murray is expected to do well in Wimbledon and the US Open this year, so expect him to do well.

Juan Martin Del Potro is also a great contender in these Grand Slams after beating Federer in last years US Open. If his wrist injury is gone for the next few Grand Slams, look for Del Potro to be a threat to everyone in the French Open and the US Open this year.

Andy Roddick: a terrific grass court and hard court player with a great serve. Losing in every final he has been to since winning the 2003 US Open, have all been losses to Roger Federer. Andy has improved on his clay court playing and could reach the quarters or semis in the French Open. Andy is still a main threat in Wimbledon, reaching three finals but losing all to Federer.

He has also made another final in the US Open in 2006, also losing to Federer. It seems like bad luck for Andy, but this bad luck could finally break in this years Wimbledon and US Open.

Marin Cilic, who made it to the semifinals in this year's Australian Open, could prove something in the last hard court slam of the year. Last year, Cilic made his first quarter-final slam appearance in the US Open. He looks to improve this year by going onto the semis or even the finals.

Nikolay Davydenko, who has had an advantage on Federer recently, was very successful at the end of the year tournaments last year. Nikolay has proven he is still a contender in all of these Grand Slams and is expected to win one soon. Don't be surprised if you see Nikolay in a semi or final this year.