Will We See Roger In Another Grand Slam Final?

Jun 6, 2013

In the aftermath of Roger Federer’s quarter-final loss to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at Roland Garros this week many tennis fans are now questioning whether we will ever see Roger in another Grand Slam final, it is true that Federer was not at his best against Jo-Willy but it also appears very factual that the Swiss maestro is now clearly past his best, the fact Tsonga beat Federer in straight sets for the first time at a major championship could mean that we have seen the last of Federer duking it out in a Grand Slam decider.

It may well be foolish to write off the player most people refer to as the greatest to have ever played the game but Federer’s form and statistics this season don’t lie, the 17-time Grand Slam champion is yet to win a title in 2013 and out of the seven tournaments that Roger has played this season he has only been in one championship decider, that was recently in Rome where Fed was routined in the final by Rafa in straight sets 6-3, 6-1.

Roger looked bitterly disappointed with his effort against Tsonga in Paris but he has already turned his attention to the grass court season which comes hard on heels of the clay court swing, how Federer fares on his beloved grass courts should give us all the real answer to whether or not we are witnessing the final decline of the great Swiss champion, Roger’s greatest success has always come on the green turf and more disappointment at Halle and Wimbledon in the next month may well answer the question for us.

Federer has been in the finals at his last seven attempts at the popular Halle grass court tournament in Germany winning five of them and losing only two, those two losses however were in the last two years to the tour veterans Tommy Haas (2012) and Lleyton Hewitt (2011), next weeks Halle tournament looks much stronger than previous years so if Roger were to win the title for the sixth time then he would dispel any notion that he is on the inevitable slide.

An even bigger indication of where Fed’s  game is will come at his beloved SW19 on the hallowed courts of Wimbledon, he will be the defending champion in London and will take a magnificent 66-7 record into The Championships in 2013, should he win a record 8th Wimbledon title then all this talk of him being washed up will once again subside, Roger has won seven out of the eight championship deciders he has played at SW19 with his only loss coming at the hands of Nadal in that classic five set finale in 2008.

It may be too soon to say whether or not we have seen the last of the great Roger Federer in a Grand Slam final, I for one certainly hope that we haven’t, the one man who will provide that answer for us is now gearing up for his favourite part of the tennis calendar, if history is anything to go by then maybe the wheels are not falling off just yet on The Fed Express.

Written by: Tono

(4) Comments

rome.ph says:
Jun 6, 2013

I agree he could be past his best already given the fact that he has not won any title yet. But i still believe he can still recover and do better on grass courts or hardcourt, that he can still go back to his old form, on winning titles. I believe he is still good for one to three more grand slam titles. He’s only 31, turning 32 on august, still young. No matter what, he is still the BEST tennis player in the world. :) )

Tono says:
Jun 7, 2013

Thanks for your comments rome, I’m a diehard Federer fan and I am hoping for the best at Wimbledon for Roger, I would like to see him recapture his best form and I think he will need to if he wants to have any chance of getting his hands on that Wimbledon Trophy again.

Adunar says:
Jun 8, 2013

I think Roger will reach another GS final. He’s eager to do well here this year and has to prove it to the world that he’s still a MAJOR contender. I think he will win the Halle title and arrive with a huge bag of confidence at Wimby. Whether that will be enough to win his 18th I don’t know but he will be n the top4 favorites for sure.

For your information, Roger lost the 2010 Halle final against Hewitt. Roger did not play in Halle in 2011 after his fifth French Open final.

Tono says:
Jun 9, 2013

Yeah I jumped the gun a little on that point Adunar…..I have edited it to read how it should now, Roger has been in the past seven finals in Halle when he has participated at the event.

I do hope you are correct about Fed doing well in Halle and Wimby, he has a good chance to do well in Halle this week and hopefully that will give him the zing of confidence he needs heading into SW19. :)

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