Roger Federer wants to defend his Slam-record from the assaults of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. The Swiss Maestro leads with 20 Majors, Nadal follows with 19, Djokovic with 17. The Slam-race is at a turning point: already this year Nadal could reach and break the Federer's record.
At the French Open the Spaniard will have the great chance to match the Slams of his rival and friend. In the meantime, Federer underwent surgery on his right knee, which will keep him away from tournaments from February until the beginning of his beloved grass-swing. And right on the London lawns of the All England Club he will perhaps have his greatest chance to defend his kingdom from the assaults of his two rivals.
It will not be easy, but unlike Nadal and Djokovic, Federer will arrive in mid-June fresh and rested, considering that the surgery went well. Nadal and Djokovic will play a tough clay-season, which will culminate at Roland Garros.
At Wimbledon Federer will have to take advantage of the eventual tiredness of his two rivals. Destiny chose Wimbledon's Center Court as the venue for the showdown: here Roger will perhaps have the last chance of his glorious career to put another distance between his record and his pursuers.
Last factor: in the last seven years he had two come-backs: in the two-year period 2014-2015, after the bad 2013, and in 2017, after his 2016, his worst year to date. In both cases, Federer came back very well on the court, winning 3 Slams, playing 7 Majors finals and winning a total of 22 titles, plus the 2014 Davis Cup. Will it happen again this year?