After, a defeat against the ‘King of Clay’ Rafael Nadal in the French Open semis, the 37-year-old, world number 3, Roger Federer will be hoping to lift his 9th Wimbledon title and register himself as the oldest player to win a Grand Slam in the record books. Federer already holds the record of being the oldest player to win the Wimbledon men's title in the modern era. He achieved the coup in 2017 when he was 35.
Federer said that he loves playing Wimbledon, he loves the vibe and has great memories associated with the tournament. He added that all his idols have played and won here and that makes it extra special and it inspires him to be like them.
Despite his love for the All England Club, winning the Slam this time around won’t come easy. Federer turns 38 this August and is now rustic and he finds it tough to stay in his prime. Last time he tamed the London silverware was in 2017 which came after crushing straight sets against the injured and emotional Marin Cilic. That year, Federer’s stint was nothing short of a dream come true, he did not lose a single set throughout the tournament. Opponents came and went, but Federer was unbeatable. Novak Djokovic had a heart-wrenching exit in the last-eight as he retired against retired Tomas Berdych due to elbow injury while Rafael Nadal was left stunned by Gilles Muller 15-13 in the final set of his last-16 engagement.
Federer’s first six Wimbledon titles arrived in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009. His seventh came in 2012.
But 2017 aside, the results at Wimbledon haven’t really gone the Swiss star’s way. In 2013, he was helpless against the serve-and-volleying, Sergei Stakhovsky of Ukraine in the second round. The next two seasons saw Federer finishing second. The 2016 stint ended with a five-set loss in the semi-finals against Milos Raonic. Last year was particularly painful for the tennis pro and his fans, as he faced defeat against Kevin Anderson in the quarter-finals in a 13-11 final set.
Federer said that the losses hurt bad but at the same time it motivates him to do better as he hates explaining defeats. Federer will be stepping on the grass as one of the favorites alongside Djokovic.
The Swiss dominated Halle where he won a 10th title at the grass-court event. He believes that winning 10 times in one place is a very special moment in his life. His recent win at Halle took career titles tally to 102, just 7 short off Jimmy Connors all-time record.It is said that sportsmen are superstitious, Federer said that every time he won in Halle he went on to do well at Wimbledon. He adds that it’s no guarantee but he has been on tour long enough to know its significance.
The qualifiers in the ongoing Wimbledon have begun and the rounds start on 1 July.