Nadal’s Absence Could Pave the way for Federer

FedAs we enter day three of Wimbledon and the championship begins to take shape Roger Federer looks hungry to clinch his 6th Title on the English grass taking him to a record-breaking 15 Grand Slams and within one of Pete Sampras’s 7 Wimbledon triumphs. If you’re a tennis fan or even a true sports fan in general you will recall the epic final Federer fought against Nadal last Summer at Wimbledon, a contest widely accepted as the greatest ever. Without the formidable Spaniard standing in his way, can anyone stop Federer?

Andy Murray is considered the greatest threat to the great Swiss, due to his form on tour capped by a victory at Queens. The Scot has yet to prove he has the mettle to handle the big occasion however. He has yet to clinch a grand slam and one wonders how he would cope on centre court against Federer playing for the title. Murray carries the burden of the British public’s “support” who are awed by the fact that they might actually be backing a winner, after all those Henman years of disappointment.

Outside of Murray, Djokovic beat the unseeded Gruel in straight sets but was less than emphatic on occasions and is nowhere near as comfortable on grass as he is on clay. Del Potro could be one to keep an eye on having improved his game considerably this year, giving Federer a real battle in the semi final at Rolland Garros. The likes of Roddick Verdasco, Cilic, Davydenko and Tsonga have navigated their way past their first opponent and will feel they have what it takes to go the distance.

There’s something about Federer at Wimbledon though that just sets him apart from the rest. Even today in his 6-2 6-2 6-4 demolition of Spain’s Garcai-Lopez he was more clinical than the other big names. He seems to find another gear in this championship and he hasn’t even gotten into his stride yet.It is a great pity that another chapter will not be added to the Federer/Nadal rivalry which produced one of the greatest sporting spectacles this time last year. If he builds on today’s performance and gets into his usual Wimbledon groove it’s hard to see anyone taking that 6th title away from Roger Federer.

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