Roger Federer: Why FedEx Won't Tie Pete Sampras' Wimbledon Record

Mike Moraitis@@michaelmoraitisAnalyst IJune 24, 2012

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 08:  Roger Federer of Switzerland looks dejected in his men's singles semi final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during day 13 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 8, 2012 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Roger Federer is one of the greatest tennis players in the history of the sport, and while FedEx has his sights set on winning a record-tying seventh Wimbledon title over the next couple of weeks, it isn't in the cards for the 30-year-old.

Federer has won six titles thus far in his career, but has failed to win one since 2009. Since then, FedEx's career has taken a downturn, a trend that is normal at his current age. Despite being one of the best grass court players in a long time, his skills have diminished to the point where Federer no longer has such an advantage.

That was evident in the last two Wimbledon exits Federer made, both in the quarter-finals. One was against Tomas Berdych in 2010, while the other occurred in 2011 against Jo-Wilfriend Tsonga. Clearly both opponents were inferior to begin with, but that should have been the least of their issues with Federer's formerly elite abilities at Wimbledon.

But those old advantages, as a result of talent and surfaces, have both escaped Federer at this point in his career.

Forget about the past for a second, and just look at the road that lies ahead of FedEx at Wimbledon this year.

In order to get to the final alone, Federer must get passed Novak Djokovic, the 2011 Wimbledon champion. And oh yeah, he's also the No. 1 player in the world and everything Federer was in his prime.

Djoker gave the tennis great a good beating in their last meeting at Roland Garros.

Djokovic won in straight sets, breaking Federer seven times en route to disposing of the former champion. Djoker looked younger, stronger and quicker than FedEx, totally overpowering him in the process.

Even if Federer were to get past Djoker, he would have to square off with Rafael Nadal in the final. Rafa happens to be the 2008 and 2010 champion at Wimbledon, so he is no stranger to playing well here.

Like Djoker, Rafa is also stronger, younger and faster than Federer. Nadal won their last meeting in four sets at the Australian Open and looked dominant doing it. He improved his record to an impressive 8-2 against Federer in majors.

And in case you were hoping he might not make it to the final, let it be known Rafa has been involved in five of the last six Wimbledon finals.

With age working against him, a difficult road to the final makes it even less likely Federer will win another Wimbledon title.


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