Since winning the first Wimbledon crown at age 21 in 2003, Roger Federer had been the player to beat at the All England Club for seven years, never losing before the final during that period. After five consecutive titles between 2003 and 2007, Federer became one of the most successful players in the most prestigious tennis tournament, achieving one victory after another before Rafael Nadal finally found a way to stop him in that epic final in 2008.
In the first four months of 2009, Federer had been missing the finishing touch, losing to Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka in the final stages of the Australian Open and Masters 1000 events, changing that in Madrid where defeated the tired Rafael Nadal.
With the Spaniard out of his way, Roger made it to Roland Garros for the first and only time, beating Robin Soderling to complete a Carrer Grand Slam. Jumping to Halle and enjoying the Parisian trophy for a couple of days, Roger set his eyes on the glory of Wimbledon that had been kept out of reach 12 months earlier, seeking the sixth crown at the All England Club and the 15th Major he beat.
records. The Swiss was the last man standing on July 5 after an epic battle with his former rival Andy Roddick, winning 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14 in four hours and 16 minutes in which has been the most widespread Major final in terms of matches played.
Philipp Kohlschreiber, Robin Soderling, Ivo Karlovic and Tommy Haas challenged Roger before Roddick's clash. The Swiss overcame all obstacles to advance to the seventh consecutive Wimbledon final. Defeated 2004 and 2005 finalist Andy Roddick also had to work hard in the first six games.
In the first six matches, he lost six sets, dominating Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Murray to set up another Wimbledon title match with Roger Federer, hoping for a better fortune than four and five years ago.
Cahill opens up on Roger Federer
"We hope Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal take it as a great challenge that Novak Djokovic managed to match their Grand Slam record by winning the last edition of the Wimbledon tournament," said Darren Cahill, Simona Halep's coach and former No.
22. of the ATP ranking in a recent interview with ESPN. "It didn't seem like Federer's farewell at Wimbledon, so we'll have to see if the knee is still a problem for him. This will be the most important thing for him: to recover physically.
If he manages to overcome this problem, I think he can still pose a threat to other players at the US Open, even when he turns 40 next August." Cahill then talked about Federer's Grand Slam possibilities, where matches are played at the best of all.
five sets. "Wimbledon will always be his best chance. So, fingers crossed, because he will be back in London in 12 months and he will play his chances." Federer has not announced his program for the American season, but it is easy to assume that he will participate at least one event, probably the Cincinnati Masters 1000, before the US Open starts, which will surely be his big focus.
Recall that Nadal has also decided to focus on the last Grand Slam of the year after having given up on Wimbledon and the Olympics. The Spaniard will resume the ATP 500 tournament in Washington.