Roger Federer is one of the greatest tennis players of all time, but why do I feel that his time has passed at Wimbledon? With the tournament beginning on June 25, Federer has been quoted as saying he believes it's now "his time of the year." Can he find a way to break through the Novak Djokovic-Rafael Nadal stranglehold on Grand Slam finals?
Roger Federer has won six Wimbledon titles since he began playing there in 1999 and is one of the greatest champions that the tournament has ever seen. If he could manage one more title there he would tie Pete Sampras for the most titles in the Open Era at Wimbledon.
However, the only way that he's going to make a final or even have a chance at a title is for someone else to take care of Djokovic and Nadal. Oh it's possible that Federer could defeat one of them if they were having a particularly bad day. For me, Djokovic, with his uneven play the past few months, would be the most likely victim there. Nadal has Federer's number to such a degree now that I would consider a Federer win over Nadal at Wimbledon to be one of the greatest upsets in tennis history.
It's not like Federer has been close at Wimbledon as of late. He has been upset in the quarterfinals against inferior opponents in both 2011 (losing a grueling five-set match to No. 19 Jo-Wilifried Tsonga after being up two sets to none) and 2011 (to No. 13 Tomas Berdych). Whether Federer simply underestimated his opponents or they played the match of their lives against him, losses like that don't inspire a lot of confidence that he's ready to win a title at Wimbledon.
Federer has had a very successful 2012 so far (winning four titles and briefly regaining the No. 2 rankings) but his last two tournaments have ended disappointingly for him. If it wasn't bad enough that Novak Djokovic totally dominated him in a straight set victory in the semi-finals of the French Open but Federer managed to also lose in straight sets to No. 87 Tommy Haas in the final at Halle a week later. Federer certainly doesn't seem to be even close to his prime form entering his most favorite tournament of the season. While one can never count out a player the caliber of Federer, he certainly has a tough challenge ahead of him.
Julie has followed tennis her entire life and is greatly looking forward to Wimbledon starting June 25. She believes Rafael Nadal is the favorite.
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