About his own chances:
“I feel like if things click here I should be able to win the tournament; whereas at the French I feel like I’m slightly more dependent on Rafa. He’s the only guy really,” Federer said.
“That doesn’t mean I don’t believe I can win the French either. It’s just that I know he’s been so dominant over there that it goes through him regardless; whereas on the grass or hard courts you don’t feel it as much.
“I feel like if I play my game it’s more on my racquet. As soon as that’s the case, you’re more confident in your chances. I feel I have a very good chance again this year,” he added.
About Nadal’s chances:
“I think he might be slightly more vulnerable in the early rounds. This new, fresh, lush grass, we’re not quite used to it. As you go deeper in the tournament, it becomes easier to move; the ball bounces a bit higher; it becomes more what we’re used to,”
“The early rounds are key for most of the top guys. We’re talking about the first two rounds in particular.”
“I didn’t expect him to lose last year first round, let’s be honest. So these losses, they happen. I didn’t check his draw, but if he gets through that, I would think we’ll see more of what we’ve seen in the past, is my opinion.”
Hi, tennis fans! I made a draw post, but I felt I had to make another one before Roger’s first match. This Wimbledon is too interesting and exciting not to. I hope you had a relaxing weekend and are looking forward to Wimbledon as much as I am. For one thing, the tournament is quite open this year. There is no clear favorite among the big four. It is not like the French Open which was a two horse race from the beginning. Each one of the big four has a fair shot at the title this year. But, of course, we as Fedfans are hoping Roger can make history by becoming the first man to win eight Wimbledon titles. How awesome that would be! It would be the ultimate for me personally as a Fedfan. To win a record 8th title at the most prestigious tournament in the world seems utterly fitting for the greatest player that ever played the game.
Roger’s career would come full circle. If that happens I simply cannot possibly ask more. I know I have said something similar in the past, but who ever thought Nadal would currently be on 14 slams and threatening Roger’s slam record? Certainly not me. And you better believe he is set to chase down Roger’s record and even surpass it. In that way, Nadal has made things interesting and pushed Roger to greater heights. Roger said right after the French Open that he feels he has something to prove at Wimbledon. He knows Nadal made a big move by winning a 9th French Open and is closing in on him in the GOAT debate. It is time to take things into his own hands again and make a move himself. And there would be no better way to respond to Nadal’s record 9th French Open than by winning a record 8th Wimbledon title himself.
As far as I’m concerned that would end the GOAT debate right there. I say that because after everything Roger has achieved in the game(which is an awful lot), winning the record amount of titles at the biggest tournament in the world would be the peRFect way to cap it off. It couldn’t get any better. Nadal’s resume is simply not balanced enough to ever compete with that. It would give Roger the edge. If you look at the spread at the slams and the second most prestigious event after the slams, then for Roger it would be 4-1-8-5-6 while for Nadal his current spread is 1-9-2-2-0. Add to that weeks spent at #1 and the fact that Roger dominated two surfaces while Nadal only dominated one, and you have pretty much a closed case for Roger being the GOAT. Yes, Nadal can still add to his resume but currently his spread is very unbalanced.
The Fedberg factor simply can’t be underestimated
He is simply too dependent on one surface and too one dimensional. For this reason, he can never be the GOAT to me anyway. But, of course, the critics will say Roger can never be the GOAT either because of his head-to-head with his main rival. Obviously there will never be a general consensus as to who is the undisputed GOAT. When Roger was asked about it himself he said he believes we will never really know who is the greatest between him and Nadal. I agree with this but at the same time if Roger wins an 8th Wimbledon I would stop caring about what Nadal does. It would be impossible for him to surpass Roger. For me, that is good enough. Since there will never be a definite GOAT everyone can make up their own mind as to who is the GOAT to them, and for me it would be Roger.
No one would have to agree with me, but I would be entitled to my opinion. Enough of the GOAT debate. Like I said, I think this Wimbledon is shaping up to be a very interesting one. The reason for that is like I mentioned because it is so open, but more specifically because Fedal is in the same half. Both Federer and Nadal have a point to prove for different reasons. Roger because of his early loss at the French and because Nadal won a 9th French Open, and Nadal because he lost before the third round at Wimbledon for the last two years. No doubt Roger has a lot to prove, but so does Nadal. More than ever he would like to prove that he is not just a one-surface wonder and that he can also do well at the most prestigious tournament in the world. Two successive years of failure at Wimbledon just won’t sit well with Nadal.
A third successive year of failure at SW19 would take a lot of the shine off of what he just achieved in Paris and it would give Roger the chance to once again surge well ahead of him in the slam count. So this is gonna be very interesting. Even though there will probably never be an undisputed GOAT a lot can be decided right here. There is just this feeling of importance about this Wimbledon. It is after all the grandest of stages and totally fitting of the occasion. I just want Roger to prove the critics wrong one last time. It would be so utterly delicious that he wouldn’t need to ever do it again. I would be saturated with satisfaction. Then Nadal could do whatever he pleases. My life as a Fedfan would be complete. Roger have proved the critics wrong so many times in the past, and on each occasion I took a huge amount of satisfaction from it.
Roger no doubt has a more relaxed and mature outlook this year
But if he does it this one more time it would really be the ultimate. I would come close to orgasm just imagining Mcenroe and Agassi’s reactions. But since Nadal is equally desperate to set the record straight at Wimbledon we are now left to ponder what will happen if we have a Fedal semi. But first let’s examine Fedal’s draws. I have already said enough about Roger’s draw. I think it looks pretty good. If either of Fedal is not making semis I would think it’s Nadal. But he would have to get stopped in his tracks very quickly. Once he gains some momentum and finds his feet on grass he becomes extremely difficult to stop. He may have to be taken out in the first round again if he is to be taken out at all. And he is indeed playing the type of guy who could possibly upset him. Klizan is just ranked outside of the top 50 and he is left handed which means Nadal can’t hurt him as much with his crosscourt forehand.
I haven’t seen much of Klizan but I have the feeling he could be a real danger to Nadal. That said, Nadal would be so desperate not to lose in the first round again that it is hard to see that happening too. Should Nadal get past that hurdle you feel like his chances just improves. He could play Rosol again, and is likely to turn the result of 2012 around. If it’s Paire I think Paire is mentally too fragile to really threaten Nadal. Then Nadal could come up against huge serving Karlovic who could be a real test too, but by that time Nadal would be even more confident. You can see in Roger’s quote that he mentioned the first two round as well. Once the top players pass that hurdle it gets easier. The courts have lost just that little bit of it’s shine and the players are more used to it. It is really the first two rounds where the upsets can occur.
So even though Karlovic could potentially be a threat, I feel like the first round is where the biggest chance of an upset exists as far as Nadal is concerned. Since that is a 50/50 situation we must ask the question what happens in case of a Fedal semi. At first I was kinda pessimistic about the prospect, but I have decided to put all that behind me and give Roger a fresh chance of beating Nadal at a slam. It has been seven years, at the very same event. So if it is ever to happen again Wimbledon is the place. Yes the odds would be stacked against Roger, but I have just made a personal decision to believe again. What better way to make the final or win the tournament than to beat Nadal? It would just taste extra sweet. So for once I’m just gonna throw caution to the wind and see what happens.
What do I have to lose anyway?