Tennis

Roger Federer looks to turn number nine Wimbledon dream into reality

 roger federer, federer, federer wimbledon, federer halle, halle open, federer halle open, federer goffin, wimbledon news, halle news, tennis news
 roger federer, federer, federer wimbledon, federer halle, halle open, federer halle open, federer goffin, wimbledon news, halle news, tennis news Switzerland’s Roger Federer poses as he celebrates winning the final against Belgium’s David Goffin with the trophy. (Source: Reuters)

Historically, emotionally and statistically, Roger Federer remains the man to beat at Wimbledon even at the 21st time of asking.

Forget the creaking knees and advancing years — the Swiss will be 38 in August — not many in SW19 will bet against their adopted favourite achieving Wimbledon history with a ninth men’s title to equal Martina Navratilova’s record singles mark.

Victory would consolidate his position as oldest male champion, a record he set in 2017 when he won his eighth title without dropping a set at the age of 35 years and 342 days.

Federer’s cheerleaders will point to the confidence gleaned from 2019 tournament wins on the hard courts of Dubai — his 100th ATP title — and Miami.

This year’s Wimbledon lead-up has been wrinkle-free after a positive showing at the French Open, where he lost in the semi-finals to Rafa Nadal, and his traditional grass tune-up at last week’s Halle Open, where he triumphed for the 10th time.

But look through the glass differently and 2019 may tell a whole new story. Perhaps Federer’s decision to compete at Roland Garros for the first time in four years was actually an acknowledgement that his great powers are waning.

Federer knows that every opportunity to boost his Grand Slam tally of 20 trophies must be grasped or risk being eclipsed by the rejuvenated Nadal.

‘HARD TO BEAT’

The Spaniard’s victory in Paris took his Grand Slam total to 18 while Novak Djokovic has won three of the last four blue-riband events to bring his career tally to 15.

It is possible to make a strong case for all three, with Nick Kyrgios last week making a special mention for Federer, whom he predicted will “be hard to beat” on his favourite surface.

Former French Open finalist Alex Corretja is another who has flagged up Federer.”Federer played a great claycourt season, which gives him the belief he can win Wimbledon again,” said the Spaniard.

Grass has always suited Federer’s aggressive style, which is based on footwork, pace and ability to find sharp angles. Perhaps the only remaining question is whether the Swiss have the stamina to slug it out against the game’s young guns.

As always the aim remains to win but now it is to do so without expending too much energy.

  • world cup 2019 stats, cricket world cup 2019 stats, world cup 2019 statistics
  • world cup 2019 teams, cricket world cup 2019 teams, world cup 2019 teams list
  • world cup 2019 points table, cricket world cup 2019 points table, world cup 2019 standings
  • world cup 2019 schedule, cricket world cup 2019 schedule, world cup 2019 time table
  • world cup 2019, cricket world cup 2019 audio, world cup 2019 news

Last year there were signs that the balance is more difficult to achieve and the eight-times champion squandered match points against Kevin Anderson before exiting in the quarter-finals.

Article source: https://indianexpress.com/article/sports/tennis/roger-federer-looks-to-turn-number-nine-wimbledon-dream-into-reality-5798411/

Loading...

Best Wordpress Plugin development company in India     Best Web development company in India

Related posts

Juan Martin del Potro withdraws from Toronto event with wrist injury

Times of News

Sumit Nagal Qualifies For US Open Main Draw, To Face Roger Federer In 1st Round

Times of News

Juan Martin Del Potro sets up Auckland semi-final clash with David Ferrer

Times of News