Federer starts his title defense at the All England Club tomorrow against Alejandro Falla. It will be his sixth title defense and important one at that. Last year Federer came off a historical win in Paris on the back of two consecutive titles and had no shortage in confidence. Also, there was no Nadal in the draw which made his road to another historical win even easier. This year is a different story. He comes into Wimbledon on the back of his worst run of form for some time. He does not come into Wimbledon on the back of any titles, which is something that has not happened in 8 years. Also, the ever dangerous Nadal is back at Wimbledon this year, lurking in the bottom half of the draw. Clearly Federer faces his most challenging title defense ever. But at the same time he has so much to gain from a successful title defense.
No haircut yet Rog?(Source)
He would equal Sampras’ record 7 Wimbledon titles, and he would get a much needed confidence boost. The 2010 season would also already be a success, since any year you win two majors is a success. Even for the GOAT. This is the good thing about winning the first major of the year. You take a lot of pressure off yourself. So even though Roger has hardly done a thing since Australia, he has still more than enough time to make this year another successful one. One major a year is not bad for the GOAT, but since Roger won the first slam of the year, I’m sure he would have wanted to win at least one more. If he wins Wimbledon a fourth 3-slam year will be a possibility. But this title defense won’t be easy. I have a feeling Roger may need some luck if he is going to defend his title. Maybe he will have another close five set match like last year’s final and just manage to scrape by.
I just have some doubts about his confidence level. He made the final of Madrid, but then lost to Nadal in the final rather disappointingly. He then won his early rounds in Paris with ease, but still lost to Soderling in the quarter finals. I thought he would really get it together at Halle which he has owned since 2003, but managed to waste three consecutive break points on Hewitt’s serve. This all makes me worry for Roger, but at the same time he hasn’t lost it until he’s lost it. He didn’t go into the Australian Open with a heap of confidence either, but only dropped two sets on his way to the title. I have doubted Roger quite a lot of late, so I want to make up for it by being 100% behind him for another title defense. If he does not happen to win the title, I may ask some more questions. But right now I don’t want to think about that.
Lets keep Roger’s following words firmly in mind the following two weeks:
“I definitely think every time I play I’ll have a chance to win here, there’s no doubt.”
You didn’t think I was ever going to fail Roger, did you?
Presser: There is no presser on the Wimby website, but there is this article with some quotes – http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/articles/2010-06-20/201006201277037821470.html