THE FED EX IS DELIVERING AGAIN
Jun 7, 2011, 9:59:16 AM | by
The French Open was a very good tournament for Roger Federer. It was just short of being a great tournament for him. Federer went through all his matches without the loss of a set till the semi finals. For...
The French Open was a very good tournament for Roger Federer. It was just short of being a great tournament for him. Federer went through all his matches without the loss of a set till the semi finals. For many, those straight set wins would have been generally expected but most felt Novak Djokovic would beat him in the semis. Even though the semi was the first match in which Federer dropped a set, did you notice something about Federer? Did you see the change in him? What I saw was the Roger Federer of old. There was a look in his eye. A look we hadn’t necessarily seen for a while. That match could very well have turned things in a career that had plateaued and it could very well be one of the most important wins he’s had outside a Grand Slam title. Don’t you think that could be the case? Even though he lost to Rafa Nadal in the final, he seemed revitalised. There was a spring in his step. So important was that win over Djokovic and his effort at the French Open that I am going on the record now to say that Roger Federer will win Wimbledon this year which will be his 17th career Grand Slam title. Five years ago I said he would win up to 18 majors. This is all flying in the face of what I wrote here on We Are Tennis just a couple of months ago when I suggested I had lost confidence in Federer. He almost had a defeatist attitude. Now he looks confident once more and I can see the “old” Roger Federer once more. It’s exciting. Federer said it was just important to get to another Grand Slam final. He is feeling better physically than in a long time and you can see that. He said “that's been very positive”. Wimbledon is such a huge priority for him. It’s where he was “born” back in 2001, incredible it’s a decade ago, when he gave us a taste of what was to come by beating Pete Sampras on Centre Court. “That's always, for me, the sort of No. 1 goal in the season,” Federer said. “I'll focus on Wimbledon. This is the moment when I can do good things. I'm on the right tracks. It's positive.” Well what do you think? Will Roger Federer win Wimbledon again this year? Give us your thoughts.