June 2013. The ATP World Tour has shifted to the short part of the season played on grass. Warm-up tournaments are underway in London and Halle ahead of Wimbledon, the prestigiously regarded grand slam in tennis history. Roger Federer is currently ranked third, nearly 32 years of age, standing alone with 17 grand slams. His records are endless, his streaks and abilities will never be forgotten. The Swiss maestro is hailed as the greatest of all time (GOAT). His talent was touted from his junior days and early years on tour. Critics repeatedly wrote about the youngster back in the early 2000s, asking when he would rise to greatness. When would he win the big one. In 2001, he defeated Pete Sampras in the fourth round at Wimbledon. Was this the big match? It wasn’t a step. It was a leap. Ten years ago, Roger Federer won his first grand slam, his first Wimbledon title. Today he is tied with Sampras, seeking a record breaking 8th title within a few weeks.

The elite of his generation are all retired or have fallen in the rankings. The youthful generation from 2006/2007, are in the primes of their careers. Rafael Nadal recently won his 8th Roland Garros title, the most titles any player has won at one slam ever. Novak Djokovic has become a new man since 2011, winning his 6th grand slam at this year’s Australian Open. The same can be said about Andy Murray since taking on Ivan Lendl in 2012 and his first slam at the US Open. The gap may be closing between the big four, and the rest of the top 10. Players like David Ferrer will grind, but on the heels come the power hitters. Tomas Berdych, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and Juan Martin Del Potro. Richard Gasquet and Stan Wawrinka have lifted their games lately. The state of the game has become much more physical, even so when compared to a few years ago. Young-guns Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori, and Grigor Dimitrov are looking to strike success.


In the history of time, all of the greats have rose to the top, and fallen with age. The consistency been has not been maintained late in their careers. Is it inevitable? C’est la vie. Federer however, can push those limits. His versatility has adapted to every change in his fifteen years on tour. The analogy is to a hero. Quick to build up, quicker to tear down. If anything, the Swiss maestro’s career lately has been a majestic fade. The shortcomings in grand slams and big matches have been gradual, by round, by player, by the manner in which it happened.

Roger Federer Wimbledon 2013 Feature Video (by MrSeba1670 on YouTube).

A lot is in question for the Swiss now as the season is halfway complete. Federer has not won a title this season (written before he won in Halle, see here). Nadal has already won seven titles. Although six of those were on clay, he is a better player on the modern grass than on hard court. Djokovic will look to regain confidence after coming so close to dethroning the King of Clay just within the past week. Andy Murray skipped Roland Garros with a back injury, and has been practicing on grass for some time now. He has the title on his mind as well after last year’s runner-up performance. These fierce rivals are all years younger, sharply in their primes. Looking at Federer in 2013, we have seen concentration lapses. There have been times where his serve has faltered. The concern is there for his back as seen in Indian Wells this year. This is a critical time moving forward for the legend.

Can Roger Federer win Wimbledon this year?

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12 Responses

  1. syedalihamza@gmail.com

    there is no reason why he can’t

  2. Rick Murphy

    COME ON! Hell YES he can win Wimbledon again! He loves that place and the history which permeates the grounds, the ivy, even the strawberries and cream. Rafa just won his 8th French…watch for Roger to do it at Wimbledon. ROGER THAT!

  3. Boris

    I’ve just returned home from travel…I hopped onto the computer and just wow! Wow what an amazing job you have done redesigning this site! re: Roger, no doubt our champion can win Wimbledon again!

  4. Jana

    superb piece you’ve written. All the right things to say. Its been tough this year hasn’t it? Our Rog is getting older and its a totally different game than the women (Serena dominating) but I still believe he can do it and his best chance is at Wimbledon. FedFan, thanks for everything you do on the site and twitter updates. You seriously are an unconditionally passionate fan!

  5. Rich

    Great editorial, very well written. As a Federer fan I still believe. He can get #8 at Wimbledon. Cmon Fed! Roger that!

  6. Manuel

    Fedfan you rock! I love this website. You do the best job of anyone in the world to give us the best news and updates. Nice editorial. I really enjoyed reading it. Keep it up! Cheers, Manuel

  7. Oscar

    Yo FedFan! Dude you rock! Been a while since I sent in a message but holy toledo this redesign of the site is FEDTASTIC! Hahah keep it up man, you have mad skills and insane passion. Gettin serious, yea its big time for Roger right now, it can’t get easier with age and these guys hitting their strides. I say he can and will win #8!

  8. piegrangele

    people who agree know nothing about tennis or sport in general . they say yes or no . people can be talked into and out of anything pathetic really . there is no difference between 25 or 32 the difference lies only in you and you alone how you upgrade your game or your body like technology tennis is if you don’t upgrade you fall behind . another, most athletes when they become famous they live in reputation and self gratification from people around them unlike those who are hungry poor and want to succent to survice . Roger’s game did not evolve or improve. his back hand still very bad and the style of his game offensive does not like to defend.– he basically knows in advance if the match is winnable or no instead than fighting like rafa on each and every point . not consistent and consistency has nothing to do with age . qasquet is not a hard hitter and tsonga can not play tennis is the worst tennis player i have ever seen. his back hand is pathetic and when he beat roger– roger did it to himself . roger needs a hitting partner and a different coach to start all over again and never mind the past cause history will judge your present and how you exit your career and so far im not pleased with the way he is playing not enough hard work and i don’t see a partner . hitting 30 minutes a day is not going to do the job . rafa is going to eat him alive . look at rafa if morons know about tennis obviously not . he was away for 7 months and i knew that he isolated himself to upgrade his game and he did . he used to run around to hit the forehand because his backhand was weak and he lives the court open and novak crushes him with the back hand cross court, now rafa does not have to do that anymore , he can rally with you with his backhand and it is better than ever and better than most . he is like a homeless who sees food or money for the first time he devours it all and you can tell unlike most they come fat tired idling around like a loosers f joke . this is a real athlete and i love roger but recently i m very loathy with the way he is handling his game. does not look like the greatest of all times and no way near one. people who think that 32 is old are dumb and certified pre morons if you train your body in a right away eat well , stay away from sex it weakenes the legs and be a hard disciplinarian you can maintain strength power and stamina till 40 or 50 and more without dropping an inch of what you have in your twenties. tennis compared to other sports is not even a sport . so nice piece of writing if you are writing a virtual essay but completey wrong analysis . after all tennis is like technology if you don’t upgrade you fall behind —– come one roger step up and work hard instead than letting nobody , with a pen and paper telling you something insignificant . come one practice harder and change things to improve your back hand

  9. sam

    piegrangele, I could not have said it better……..well said. Roger has not really dedicated himself to tennis for at least two years.