Can Federer enhance legacy with another Wimbledon or U.S. Open title?

Roger Federer will go down in history as one of the greatest tennis players of all-time and although the 17-time major champions is injured right now, he will be looking to add another crown to his glittering array of trophies later this summer. At the ripe old age of 34, Federer isn’t getting any younger and it’s only a matter of time before his window of opportunity for success and more titles slams is shut.

On any given day, Federer remains a supreme talent and he is certainly capable of going toe-to-toe with the likes of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. And while he can’t quite get around the court as quickly as he could, say, four or five years ago, his experience and accuracy allow him to dictate proceedings and dominate rallies. He is the great Roger Federer, after all…
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The Swiss star missed the French Open because of a back injury, but he has one month remaining before Wimbledon and three months to go before making another trip to the U.S. Open later this year. The seven-time Wimbledon champion is currently priced at 13/2 with Coral to triumph at the All-England Club. Coral’s U.S. Open betting market show the odds on Federer winning this year’s event are 8/1. Federer has won a record 17 Grand Slam titles during his illustrious career and he will be desperate to win at least one more major event before hanging up his racket in, presumably, the not-so-distant future.
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Perhaps Federer’s chief rival–both at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open–will be current world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. The Serbian star is a class above the rest at the moment and he has to be confident about his chances in London and New York, not to mention this week at Roland Garros. Djokovic is currently priced at even money to retain his title in Coral’s U.S. Open betting markets and he will be desperate to do just that as he hunts down Federer’s Grand Slam record.

Federer’s last slam title came at Wimbledon in 2012 and he will have his work cut out if he is to beat both Djokovic and world No. 2 Andy Murray this year. Djokovic reigns supreme at the top of the world rankings, but Federer isn’t finished yet and–with a bit of luck–he could own an 18th major win before the calendar turns to 2017.

17 Comments on Can Federer enhance legacy with another Wimbledon or U.S. Open title?

    • Or we could just talk about the bloody weather 🙁

      Ricky sounds like he’s had a basinful of the French 🙂

        • Sorry: basinful is a colloquial English expression implying ‘you’ve had too much of something,, are fed up etc.’

          btw. I have never been rude about your blogging! Au contraire.

      • oh if thats a reference to this blog, I certainly didn’t write it!

        I obviously think Fed has no chance at Wimbledon. US Open…maybe he has time to get in shape for that. But still almost no chance even there.

  1. don’t you think that with rafa out and nole vulnerable fed might be wishing he was playing the french? he likes slow wet clay..
    yes i know i’m talking about rg but is valid question…
    he’s not going to win wimby if he’s not played for months.

  2. In my view, he can’t….needs lots of luck… Novak has his number in slams, Rafa has his number and Murray has started to play really well again. There are other dangerous players too. He has a chance but a slim one. The best chance is always at Wimbledon.

    • I agree that fed’s chances are slim. He had two chances to win another slam last year at Wimbledon and the USO. But he couldn’t beat Novak. I thought those were his best shots at getting #18.

      Fed cannot beat Novak in slams anymore. We know his H2H with Rafa. Now he’s had to deal with a back problem after the knee issue. It appears that time has finally caught up with fed.

      I just don’t see it happening. He had his chances last year and I think that was it. His best opportunity would always be at Wimbledon. But this year he will be coming off a back injury.

  3. How about make 4th round or quarterfinal with a favorable draw? That sounds like a stretch, considering his season, but possible.

  4. If Federer is healthy by Wimbledon it’s not impossible, just unlikely. Fed has never needed much time to get back into playing shape. Obviously Djokovic is a huge obstacle for him, but the Djoker is not immortal. Sadly, I don’t see Rafa being a threat at Wimbly this year – even if he’s fit to play he won’t have had ANY real prep time – a week of practice at best. But there are others out there – Kyrigios, Raonic for example. Doubt they’d win this year but they could certainly give Fed problems. Or Djokovic for that matter.

  5. If it’s a rained out Wimbledon, Roger might be able to do well actually. Grass has been incredibly slow in Week #2 and the rain might just make it a more level playing field for the attackers. More importantly, you can’t get away with average footwork on a slippery grass. This is where guys like Fed score. Roger is by far the best grass-courter of this era and probably has the best footwork of any player I’ve seen. If anyone can do it, it’s him.

    He will need a lot of luck though, with his back still in recovery.

  6. When TMF does finally calls it a day one of his regrets will be the lack of an OG in singles. Amazingly in four attempts he made it to the podium on only one occasion. In 2000 he was thwarted by Tommy Haas, 2004 it was Berdych, 2008 James Blake. I don’t need to remind anybody who put the kibosh on his dream in 2012.

    • Doubt he cares much. He does have two medals and he has way too much to his credit to actually bother. Tennis at Olympics wasn’t even taken very seriously until ’08 when suddenly it became a big deal for those wanting to find fault with Fed. He’s still done more for Swiss tennis than anyone ever did.

    • Right on the money ed. Olympics may not have been highly prized as it’s been over the last 10 years ago. But that’s also true B.F. (Before Fed) for career total slam count which now is the federazzi mantra. Many greats skipped Australia until the mid 90s.

      Now Fed would highly prize that missing hole in his legacy…

      “In 2012 I made the finals, and got the silver medal. So why not play one more Olympics and maybe do something else extraordinary, because every time I have played in them, something has happened, so I can’t wait for that to come around as well.”

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