Things aren’t going well at the moment for Roger Federer, are they…? The former world no.1 has somewhat lost his invincible aura in the wake of Novak Djokovic’s recent form.
It seems like a fairly strange thing to say when you look at the world no.2's record thus far in 2015; of his five tournaments, he has won two and has been beaten in the final of another – he hasn’t won a ‘biggy’ yet though.
BIG GAME PLAYER?
The Australian Open fiasco - a shock round three loss – and comfortable defeat to Djokovic in Indian Wells’ final has been his best efforts in the 1000+ ranking point events.
His wait will have to continue too, as the 33-year-old bowed out of the Monte Carlo Masters in the third round, again, to French enigma Gael Monfils. It wasn’t the sort of result that last year’s finalist would have been expected after skipping the Miami Masters to focus on the clay court season.
The Swiss legend’s decision to skip Miami and pick the clay season as his return seems a little strange. If anything it should be the other way round, he should try and conserve energy for the next month or two in order to focus on Wimbledon.
With his age ticking into the mid-30s, you would understand Federer’s desire to desperately dig deep and end the near three-year wait for Grand Slam no.18 – but this approach doesn’t look like it will work. The former world no.1 must wait for the opportune moment.
A lot of pundits, fans and people with any interest alike would, if asked, probably tip Wimbledon as Federer’s most likely stage for a final hurrah.
The seven-time winner in London is tennis’ greatest-ever grass-court player, it would take a brave man to argue against that, and his performance last year in which he was agonisingly beaten in five sets by Djokovic shows that he still has the potential to go the distance.
WIMBLEDON - LAST HURRAH
Even last year it wasn’t easy for him, and he didn’t quite have the legs to get over the line; this year will be even tougher – the odds, in truth, are likely to be stacked against him.
So if it will be this hard to win Wimbledon, why on earth is he putting emphasis on winning his least-successful tournament on his least successful surface? That day in 2009 when he finally triumphed in Paris was the day he had proved everything that he ever needed to and will ever need to on clay and at Roland Garros.
Simply put, no matter what he does or how hard he tries, Federer will not win the French Open, and nobody will think any less of him for it.
As it is; Federer is risking injury, loss of momentum, frustration and dignity by trying and failing to win on clay. Wimbledon is the one, Wimbledon must be what he is already building towards.