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Roger Federer is still a main contender to win Wimbledon

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Until last Tuesday many Roger Federer fans were gearing up for yet another potential Grand Slam final for the Swiss maestro.

The draw seemed hugely in his favour: he had overcome a potentially tricky opponent in Gael Monfils with relative ease and was about to face his Swiss compatriot, Stan Wawrinka, against whom he led the head-to-head 16-2.

Many were already looking past this match up towards a potential semi-final clash against Jo-Wilfred Tsonga or Kei Nishikori and a potential final against either Novak Djoovic or Andy Murray for a shot at an 18th Grand Slam title.

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Much to the fans disappointment, however, it was not to be. Federer was overpowered by his fellow Swiss star, losing in straight sets  6-4, 6-3, 7-6(4).

Wawrinka had never beaten his older, more successful countryman in a Grand Slam match before yet looked untroubled as he bombarded his opponent with ferocious forehands and backhands to seal his path to the semi finals in two hours and nine minutes.

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Federer is far from finished

Suddenly all the usual doubts surrounding Federer's future rose to the surface again; it was said that he simply did not have the stamina for five set matches on a regular basis, that he had lost the nerves of steel that were all important in his previous Grand Slam triumphs, that he simply could not keep up with the top players in the tour anymore: that was until today, when his conqueror Stan Wawrinka went on to claim the Roland Garros title.

It seems Federer simply faced an inspired opponent on the court, a player who was capable of defeating any player in the world this week, one who was playing one of the best weeks of tennis in his life.

Wawrinka overcame the home-favourite Tsonga and the world number one Djokovic in succession after his win against Federer, proving that the win was not a result of the 18-time Grand Slam champion's decline; but of Wawrinka's own sheer brilliance.

Federer focused on Wimbledon

Federer himself is already focusing on Wimbledon, as he revealed after his quarter-final loss in Paris.

“I am already thinking about Wimbledon because it’s a big goal for the season,” the Swiss star was quoted as saying by the Mirror. “That’s where I want to play my best. This year is a bit different as we have an extra week to prepare but there is nothing positive about losing today because I don’t need the extra days.

“I will recover and spend time with my family, then look forward to Halle and Wimbledon. It’s a big goal."  

Last year Federer responded to a disappointing French Open campaign with a charge to the finals of Wimbledon, where he was just pipped by Novak Djokovic in the fifth set of a thrilling match.

We have seen glimpses of inconsistency in Federer's game, but the seven time Wimbledon champion has always played his best tennis on grass.

He has already beaten Novak Djokovic this season and it seems Nadal is not the force he once was, giving one of the greatest tennis players of all time a real chance of adding another Wimbledon title to his collection.

He has already won three titles this season, proving he still has what it takes to go all the way in a tournament on the professional tour and has shown some good form this  season, particularly up until his loss to Wawrinka.

The extra week of rest this season before the grass court swing, coupled with his exit from Roland Garros will all be factors in helping Federer be in top form come June 29 when tennis' most prestigious Grand Slam gets underway.  

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