Roger Federer’s Path to Wimbledon Victory

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Roger Federer’s Path to Wimbledon Victory

Roger Federer is once again one of the favorites at Wimbledon this year. At 39 years of age, the fact that he is a favorite is astonishing. Federer already owns eight Wimbledon titles and was a finalist at the last edition of the tournament (2019). The real question is: does Federer have an easier path to the final than Djokovic? I think he absolutely does.

Now that he has taken out Mannarino, the French veteran Richard Gasquet awaits. Gasquet is not the same player he was 10 years ago. Federer will make quick work of him. Cameron Norrie in the third round may be a bit more complicated. Norrie has been playing good tennis in the last few months and can be tricky. That being said, Federer should also not have a problem against Norrie.

Federer’s first real test may come from Sam Querry in the fourth round. Querry is showing sparks of his old self by reaching the Mallorca grass tournament final and upsetting 11th seed Carreno Busta in the first round. Sam has a massive serve and is a former semifinalist and two-time quarterfinalist at Wimbledon. Federer will need to be firing in all cylinders by the time he runs into Sam.

If he gets through Sam Querry, Medvedev awaits. Medvedev just recently discovered that he could play on surfaces other than hard courts. He reached the French Open quarters and then won Mallorca. Federer should have an easier time against Medvedev than Querry though, which will then set up a semifinal against Zverev. This will be another match that is totally winnable for Federer. Zverev has a great all-court game and historically has the edge on Federer. However, by the time the semis roll around, Federer’s experience should be enough to get him through to another final against Djokovic.

And what can we expect in a final between Djokovic and Federer? Fireworks!

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