Roger Federer will once again throw on his whites and have a go at lifting that gold trophy at Wimbledon next week.
It seems every year that the Swiss tennis legend is written off as being too old or lacking in form, but should that ever be said of Federer at Wimbledon? A competition he’s now won a record eight times.
Truth be told, Federer may not be as active as he once was in his career – his skipping of the French Open shows he’s got his sights set on other things at this stage – but he’s still the man to beat in tennis and he verges on invincible on the grass in London.
Not only does he come alive at Wimbledon, he’s done everything in his power to continue competing at the highest level at the age of 36.
As author Jeff Bercovici points out, per this blog.betway, it’s Federer’s style that allows him to keep going at an age when so many former players have eased off to enjoy the twilight years of their careers.
He said: “If you were designing a tennis player from scratch, you would create Roger Federer.
“If you talk to a kinesiologist, what they will tell you helps explain a large portion of his longevity. He intuitively plays in this style that is both beautiful and conducive to him maintaining an unprecedented level of health.
“I think he’s the great tennis genius of all time.”
And you’d find it difficult to disagree considering he’s won 20 Grand Slam titles so far in his career – and will most likely have plans to add a 21st at Wimbledon next month.
With Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal struggling for fitness and Novak Djokovic struggling for form, Federer comes into the competition in the best form of the real top contenders.
He was drawn against Dusan Lajovic in the first round of the tournament and the projected route to the final means he would avoid Nadal until the final day on centre court.
But does that even matter? Federer is the reigning champion, the winningest player at Wimbledon and his performance to get to the final of the Halle Open last week shows that he’s back into his groove on grass – despite the surprise loss to Borna Coric in the final.
So you’d have to back Federer to win regardless of who he goes up against at whatever stage at SW19.
The fact is there has never been a player more at home at Wimbledon and that doesn’t change despite Federer being a year older going into this season’s tournament.
While all his main rivals, who are all younger, have their own struggles, Federer has shown he’s in a league of his own in terms of keeping his body and game right and that should make him the clear favourite going into Wimbledon next week.