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How Roger Federer Won His 7th Wimbledon

How Roger Federer Won His 7th Wimbledon

You may have heard that Roger Federer won a record equaling 7th Wimbledon title on Sunday against Brit Andy Murray, but have you heard how he did it? You might just look at the result and say, simple, he outplayed the Brit on his beloved Centre Court to come through 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4 to take his 17th Grand Slam title. I covered the final with one of my usual match reports but there’s actually a lot more to it than that, the journey to Slam 17 didn’t begin on the first day of Wimbledon 2012, it actually began just over a year ago and this post looks at the various stepping stones that enabled Roger to once again rewrite the history books and easily in my eyes cement his place as the greatest tennis player of all time. Let the Wimbledon Roadmap roll…

29th June 2011 – Wimbledon Quarter Final – Tsonga defeats Federer in 5 sets

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What happened?

The shock of the tournament, Roger headed into the match in fine form having strolled through his previous rounds. He looked certain to extend his run as he swiftly moved into a 2 sets to love lead. Enter the Tsonga, firing on all cylinders, he hits back, serving bombs and Roger doesn’t see another break point as he loses a match from 2 sets up for the first time ever in a Grand Slam.

Why was it important?
Roger crashes out of Wimbledon at the Quarter Final stage for the second year in a row. Once is forgivable, but twice in successive years? Things like that shouldn’t happen. What’s happening to Roger? Seeds of doubt creep into his mind and he surely thinks can he ever win Wimbledon again.

This match signaled the first time Roger had ever lost from 2 sets to love up in Grand Slam play. He was blown away by Tsonga partly because of the Frenchmans play but mainly down to his own passive baseline game. Waiting for an error cost him the match, one he should really have never have lost. It was another tough defeat after the loss to Berdych a year earlier. This match served two purposes – it made him question his game a little, but also gave him desire to right his wrongs on the grass at his next possible opportunity.

10th September 2011 – US Open Semi Final – Djokovic defeats Federer from 2 match points down

What happened?

Roger faces Djokovic for the second year running in the US Open Semi Final, he moves 2 sets ahead playing effortlessly. He’s pegged back to 2 sets all where once again he takes his game up a notch and has two match points at 40-15, 5-3 final set. Djokovic shuts his eyes and hits a blistering return to save the first. Roger hits a forehand that clips the net and falls out on the second. He loses serve and the match.

Why was it important?
Roger loses yet again from 2 sets up and like the semi final in 2010 against Djokovic wasted match points. He had a great chance of making the final but let the match slip when it mattered most and allowed Djokovic to beat him again when he was in pole position for the majority of the match.

Another heart breaking loss in a winning position. This time Roger definitely starts to question himself. The match against Tsonga could have been a freak result, but 2 slams in a row? He starts to think things through in his head and plan out a roadmap to get back to winning ways in tight matches under the tutelage of his coach Paul Annacone.

September 24th 2011 – Roger withdraws from the Shanghai Masters

Shanghai Masters

What happened?

After playing in the Davis Cup in Sydney only 3 days after his US Open loss, Roger announced whilst in Australia he was skipping the Shanghai Masters 1000 Tournament.

Why was it important?

By skipping Shanghai it meant Roger now had a 5 week break before his next tournament in his hometown of Basel. It was an extended lay off by anyone’s standards.

This extended break allowed Roger to rest up and regroup after tough losses in back to back slams. It also enabled him to recover from any niggling injuries he had and sit down with his team/family and analyse want went wrong in the tough matches and how he could start winning them. He then went onto the practice courts and put his plan into action.

November 6th 2011 – Basel Final – Roger defeats Nishikori to win title

What happened?

Roger entered Basel after a 5 week break, he cruised through the tournament and won a record 5th Basel trophy beating Nishikori in straight sets in the final.

Why was it important?

Another record for Roger and what better place to do it in his hometown in front of all his Swiss fans. The St. Jakobshalle arena is like a fortress for Roger and it enabled him to end his title drought and reinvigorate his game with some confidence after crucial losses in the slams. It also allowed him to test out different plays/tactics within the safe haven of an indoor tennis court that’s free from the elements and doesn’t bounce high like a clay court or slow hard court.

November 12th 2011 – Paris Masters Semi Final – Federer beats Berdych

What happened?

JesusFed made an appearance for one of the first times ever in Bercy to beat Tomas Berdych in straight sets.

Why was it important?

Beating Berdcyh allowed Roger to move into the final of a tournament he’d never won before. He’d lost early in the Paris Masters many times but this time he was too aggressive and used too much variety for Berdych to stand a chance.

Berdych crushed Roger at Wimbledon in 2010 and then beat him easily in Cincinnati a month earlier without facing a single break point. Beating Berdych on a fast court got the monkey off Rogers back. It let him know in his own mind he was still capable of defeating power hitters in their favoured conditions and to do it in straight sets and dictate the match was a great confidence boost.

November 13th 2011 – Paris Masters Final – Federer defeats Tsonga

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What happened?

Roger won his first title ever at the Paris Masters, this one had eluded him for some time and he’d never even made the final before.

Why was it important?

After winning Roger tied Nadal for the most Masters 1000 tournaments, he also finally captured one of the few titles that wasn’t in his trophy cabinet.

Beating Tsonga and Berdych back to back on fast courts was a great confidence booster for Roger. He had struggled against both players in recent meetings and to come back from a break down in the second set to beat Tsgona in a tie break meant was both pleasing for us and Fed himself because it was a close match that he came out of on the winning side. Perhaps these changes are starting to take effect…

November 22nd 2011 – World Tour Finals – Roger crushes Nadal 6-3 6-0

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What happened?

Roger defeated his nemesis Rafael Nadal with consummate ease dropping just 3 games in a total demolition job at the o2 arena in London.

Why was it important?

This win meant Roger qualified for the knockout phase of the World Tour Finals and once again destroyed Nadal on a quick, indoor, hard court.

Roger has struggled against Nadal many times, so to bagel him in a competitive match was such a boost for him. He also displayed great tactics in not giving up an inch on the baseline at any point during the rallies, allowing him to step in and dictate points from both wings, something we hadn’t seen for a very long time.

February 18th 2012 – Rotterdam Semi Final – Federer beats Davydenko to make the final

What happened?

Roger had to claw his way back from 6-4 3-1 down to turn the match around. He again slipped behind in the final set as he went 0-40 down at 3-4 only to save all 3 break points and take the match 4-6 6-3 6-4.

Why was it important?

This gutsy performance meant Roger would progress into the final where he beat Del Potro to win yet another title.

This match was really the true arrival of Roger 3.0, all the previous wins in Basel, Paris and London were great for confidence, but in the majority of those matches Roger had been playing really solid aggressive tennis. In this match against Davydenko, Roger was playing very poorly and had no right to win the match considering the amount of times he got in trouble. But he fought, fought hard and dug himself out of a hole. There were many times in 2011 and late 2010 where Roger 2.0 would fold these matches without so much as a whimper but not anymore.

Even though I was down 0-40, I knew it wasn’t over and that I still had a shot. “I had a winner’s mindset. Sometimes you don’t have those days, but [today], I believed I could still win and I think that got me over the finish line.

March 2nd 2012 – Dubai Semi Final – Roger beats Del Potro

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What happened?

On the quickest hard court on tour against one of the biggest hitters in the game, Roger ground out a hard fought win in 2 tie break sets to make the final in Dubai (where he ended up beating Murray for title number 72)

Why was it important?

This was another great win from Roger and it moved the H2H with Del Potro even more in his favour. He showed great defense and prowess on serve and he only lost serve once (in the final) throughout the whole tournament.

This was another grinding match that Roger won because of the winners mindset. He couldn’t find a way to break serve but found a way to win in the tie breaks when it mattered and coming from back 6-2 down in the 2nd set breaker against a player of Del Potro’s caliber shows how Roger had improved his game over the last 6 months as he was now transitioning from defense into attack much more smoothly.

March 17th 2012 – Indian Wells Final – Roger beats Nadal again

What happened?

After the tough loss against Nadal in Australia Roger hit back to defeat his nemesis in Indian Wells with a super performance on the slow hard courts of California.

Why was it important?

This was such a good performance because it meant Roger was playing great tennis, he managed to beat Nadal on a slow slow hard court in straight sets and was ruthless when it mattered.

A win against his nemesis only ever serves as a great mental aid for Roger. In this match he was very ruthless and able to dictate plays. The win allowed him to gain revenge over his loss to Nadal in Australia and of course as we know he went on to beat Isner in the final to win Indian Wells for the first time since 2006.

May 13th 2012 – Madrid Masters – Federer defeats Berdych to win on Blue Clay

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What happened?

Roger defeated Tomas Berdych in a tough 3 set match for his first title on Blue clay. He lost the first set but hit back to take the match 3-6 7-5 7-5.

Why was it important?

This was Rogers 20th ATP Masters 1000 title and once again pulled him level with Nadal. It also meant he’d maintained great form since his loss in the US Open.

The Blue clay was a tricky surface to play on, both Nadal and Djokovic lost early and blamed the surface but Roger fought through and took down yet another title.

It later emerged he was playing with an injury too, so once again this match required grit and determination to pull through which is one of Roger 3.0’s key characteristics. Oh and he’s officially the Blue Clay GOAT.

June 8th 2012 – French Open Semi Final – Djokovic defeats Federer in Straight Sets

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What happened?

Roger went down in straight sets to Novak Djokovic and wasn’t able to repeat his heroics from the 2011 French Open semi final.

Why was it important?

This match meant Roger would lose ranking points but not have to expend a ton of energy trying to beat the best clay courter ever, Rafael Nadal, in a final.

Although a painful loss at the time this is perhaps one of the best losses of all time as far as Rogers concerned. In fact it was almost destiny he lost this match. It allowed him to fully recover from a lot of matches and prep ahead of the grass court season whilst Nadal and Djokovic had to complete the final on a Monday afternoon.

This match was also important because it made it clear who the real Fed fans were. After this loss all his fraudulent fans who are only in it for the glory began to question him, write him off and say he’s done.

15 June 2012 – Halle Round of 16 – Roger defeats Raonic in 3 sets

What happened?

This was another grinding match from Roger and he had to come up with the goods in the final set tie break to win 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-6 (3). Raonic served 25 aces throughout the match but Roger hung tough and pulled out the win.

Why was it important?

This was testament to the new leaf Roger had turned over since the US Open, he was now no longer losing tight matches and even when he wasn’t at his brilliant best he was still finding a way to cross the finish line.

June 29th 2012 – Wimbledon 3rd Round – Federer beats Benneteau in 5 sets

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What happened?

Roger fell two sets behind to Frenchman Julien Benneteau, in fact in the 4th set he was 2 points from losing the match. Fortunately, he hit back to take the match in 5 sets and progress to a 4th round meeting with Xavier Mallisse.

Why was it important?

This is probably the match that won Roger the tournament, he fought back from 2 sets down and this gave him the confidence to go on and beat Djokovic in the semi final. To find a way out of this match was again all about Rogers fight and desire, this match allowed him to head into the second week full of confidence knowing he’d dug himself out of a hole and given himself a great shot at the title.

July 6th 2012 – Wimbledon Semi Final – Federer defeats Djokovic

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What happened?

Roger defeated defending champion Novak Djokovic in 4 sets playing his vintage brand of grass court tennis. The pair traded sets before Roger moved up a gear and was able to dominate the rest of the match backed up by his first serve that was finding all 4 corners of the service box.

Why was it important?

Roger went into this match as a total under dog, he’d lost 6 of the last 7 matches between the pair but this was the first time they had met on grass. Roger played probably one of his best grass court matches, his serve, backhand, forehand and aggression were exceptional for the entirety of the match. This match allowed him to move into his 8th Wimbledon final without any sort of match weariness as it was over in just over 2 hours.

Did anything else help along the way?

I heard a rumour these guys might have helped too…

Robert, Lynette, Mirka, Paul and the Twins

And all the above added up to help achieve this…

Federer Holding Wimbledon Trophy

GOAT!

Which match do you think had the biggest impact on Roger winning Wimbledon for the 7th time? Let me know!

About Jonathan

Huge fan of Roger Federer - I'll pretty much try and watch all his matches from Grand Slam level right down to ATP 250. When I'm not watching or tweeting about tennis I play regularly myself and use this blog to share my thoughts on Fed and tennis in general.

55 comments

  1. Awesome article. I think the Madrid Masters was a major factor on his way back to No1/Wimbledon. The fact that he could handle something (the blue clay) that his rivals obviously couldn’t (followed by pathetic excuses) might have shown him that he was still Roger Federer. He’s the ultimate champion, I feel proud to be a contemporary.

    • Cheers man :D

      Yeah that’s a cool point, I like that way of thinking of it, reminded him he was still Fed.

      Seeing a guy win 17 slams playing the way Roger does is likely never to be repeated. Too good.

      • I saw a comment on tennis.com lately, someone said Roger is “the last stand against the grunting, defensive, double-handed baseline style of play”. Pretty good description I guess. To me, it’s like watching people work, even the top players like Novak or Nadal. Watching Roger is somehow like watching somebody produce art, you know what I mean? Hopefully for many more years to come!

      • Agreed, watching grinders/moonballers isn’t fun. The only interesting thing is after the match where you can say, “wow, that was a feat of physical endurance, how did they play for 24 hours straight and only play 4 sets?” haha.

        Fed glides across the court, if camera technology was advanced enough I’m sure they’d be able to see his feet don’t actually touch the ground.

  2. Just Awesome! I love how you did that! And you expounded on everything! Roger really had to work for that one title, but it’s all worth it! How many more majors can you see Roger winning and where at? I say at least 1 more, maybe at US Open..

    • Thanks Chris.

      Who knows, to be honest I’m not sure I even care if he wins any more now, if you’d asked me at the start of the year I’m sure I’d have said he needs to win more, but this one was just immense. I think he has a good shout at US Open though…

      • But I believe it was that 5 week break that led to this! Roger had time to plan and the 20+ win streak and his 4 titles this year were just fuel to the fire that he started. I think it started August 12th, 2011.

  3. I never forgot about the defeat Federer brought to Nadal at the 2011 Barclays. He just played amazing tennis that day – and the fact that he could produce a 6-0 set against his nemesis probably gave him huge confidence. Also the IW semi against Nadal, even though both of these matches weren’t slam performances, he still knocked Nadal out to eventually win the title.

    And of course, the matches against Del Potro at RG and Benneteau at Wimby. These matches in particular probably had all Fedfans biting their nails, but Roger found a way to prevail. His will to win was very evident in these matches, and it produced confidence he really needed after a few tough losses in recent slams.
    I’m so happy that Roger has proved so many people wrong and brought himself back to the top of the sport. There isn’t anyone in tennis who deserves it more, and I’m so excited for what he will produce next this season!

  4. Terrific article, your best to date! Emotional journey! He’s def the GOAT! I’d add the XM match, that was some serious stuff there, Roger 4.0 lol! I’d also add his loyal fans hahaha

  5. Great article! You really captured the entire journey! Also I love your site and is their a way to become a member?

  6. Incredible piece Jonathan! You did a superb job in highlighting the year-long journey Roger has taken to finally capturing another Slam. Fed definitely planned ahead to Wimbledon starting after the US Open loss last year; he has played more tournaments than Nadal and Djokovic this year, and even at 30, that helped him gain the confidence that he needed to finally win when it really mattered.

    • Thanks Kyle!

      Only thing I couldn’t really fit in was the Australian, not sure what the loss to Nadal meant there… didn’t derail him of his course so it’s a weird one.

  7. I honestly believe it was the drubbing of Nadal that made the difference. Pure demolition of a key rival. Also, I really liked your comment about fairweather fans. I had just about enough from commentators and tennis fans alike writing him off. How anyone can count that man out of any tournament is beyond me.

    • Which one? The World tour finals one or the win at Indian Wells? I think the win in Indian Wells was pretty important because it actually required some clutch play. World Tour finals was just utter dominance.

      • Hey Jon, I was thinking of the World Tour finals because it just harkened back to the Fed of old dominating the tour, not giving even top players an inch, and maybe reminded Roger that he still had “it”. For me, it was not his body or his ability in question but his mental strength and this match had to have given him a boost of epic proportions. P.S. I love your JesusFed name, it’s hilarious and I use it all the time now. Let’s make T-shirts! Maybe Fed and a halo? lol

      • Haha thanks, not something I made up though, I first saw it on Ru-an’s blog , not sure if he coined it or it came from twitter or something. Either way it’s the peRFect name!

  8. Awesome article.That break he took by skipping Shangai made a hell of a difference as he took time to rejuvenate himself.He looked so fresh and played sublime tennis for the rest of the season.He is 63-6 since the U.S Open.His loss to Djokovic in the French helped him immensely too.

  9. Jonathan, What an exceptional article. I think Djokovic’s crazy return at match point at the USO started it all. It was the icing on the cake to start looking inward.

  10. Hi Guys,
    Apart from the First Family & Paul Annacone,
    who are the people in Fed’s Friends & Family Box
    at Wimbledon?
    Thanks in advance for your response.

    – Ashwin

    • Hey Ashwin,

      Not sure to be honest, guess friends/guests but I have no idea on names. Usually at US Open and sometimes Wimbledon Gavin Rosdale and Gwen Stefani are in his box but weren’t this year.

      Anyone else know?

  11. Hi Jonathan, awesome post! A lot of hard work there, love it!
    I particularly love the last part showing his team… so sweet. I am very sure even Charlene and Myla contributed in a way!!!
    Cheers!

  12. Brilliant stuff. No doubt there’s been a lot of hard work behind what happened on Sunday and not to mention Mondays new rankings. I think it’s natural to go back 12 months or maybe even include last years epic RG semi against Novak..

    I think the 5 week break he took after the US Open was a very good decision (well, obviously it was) both physically and mentally, especially the latter. Since then, he’s been making small improvements and adjustments together with his great team. His mindset and confidence in tight best of three set matches have resulted in some great wins. The Davydenko match in Rotterdam, as you mentioned, is a perfect example of that. I felt that it was ‘only’ a matter of time before he could make these improvements count in Slams as well. And he certainly did. His motivation and will have been great and you could tell how badly he wanted this title. Also, how good and solid are his backhand now? I’m not an expert, but I say very good.

    If I had to pick one (favourite) match though, I think I would say Nadal at Indian Wells. That was just immense. Such a good performance in tricky conditions against his biggest rival on one of the slowest hard courts on tour. And ace on MP – too good!

  13. Thanks so much, Jonathan, for this superb article.
    It’s really a great recap and good analysis of all the pieces of the puzzle which gave Roger the reassurance and confidence that he still could win another slam.
    But I think we may not forget either to mention the favorable conditions Roger enjoyed here at Wimbledon: with a Djokovic not going into Wimbledon in particularly superb form and a Nadal crashing out early in the second round, as well as the capricious weather circumstances, Roger found a very nice platform to recapture the Wimbledon title and succesfully assault the number one position of Novak Djokovic.
    Roger’s 7th Wimbledon title is for sure a new milestone in his already splendid career. I myself have never seen Roger playing as well as he did in the third and fourth set of his match against Andy Murray : serves, overheads, stopvolleys and running drive and backhand volleys, dropshots, slices and topspin backhands and drives,… everything executed with a fantastic display of mastery of the game. It was just incredible.
    I’m very happy with Roger’s succes here at Wimbledon, but must admit that I’m disappointed with Roger’s reaction to Nadal’s loss in the second round. Telling a journalist that you’ve been laughing for about ten minutes with the way Lukas Rosol was playing out of his mind in the fifth set, was in my eyes a very inappropriate and insensitive reaction towards Nadal’s loss. The least you can say is that it was very clumsy of Roger if not showing a complete lack of respect for Nadal, who himself was gracious in the defeat. I’d like Roger to keep these kind of feelings or thougths for himself.
    I have only one remaining wish as far as Roger’s career is concerned : that he would defaet Rafael Nadal at least once more in a slam outside of Wimbledon, regardless of winning this slam or not.

    • I don’t think it was disrespect to Nadal; we know Fed thinks very highly of him as a player and a person. But what Rosol did in the 5th set was absolutely extraordinary. He was doing things we had never seen before from elite tennis players, let alone the #100 player in the world that had never been past qualifying at Wimbledon until this year. It’s not like Fed was laughing at Nadal losing, but he was shocked by the way Rosol was playing. The term “laughing” can also be viewed as amazement and not ridicule.

      • Thank for your reaction, Kyle.
        I hope you’re right in this. My native language isn’t english, which makes it sometimes hard for me to judge the exact meaning of certain words spoken in interviews. Anyway I found it kinda hard to believe that Roger’s default mode would be Schadenfraude as it is completely contradictory with his moderate on court demeanor when he’s competing against them.

    • Hey Wilfried, thanks!

      Not sure agree on the favourable conditions, he was 2 sets down against Benneteau and then played Djokovic who was still in top form… the only thing that helped his cause was Nadal exiting early. But that only mattered if he made the final anyway…

      Also like Kyle said when Fed said he was laughing for 10 minutes after the Rosol match, it wasn’t laughing in the sense of laughing at Nadals misfortune. But more in the sense he was shocked at how well Rosol played that all he could do was laugh. I did exactly the same thing when he served it out with huge serves and forehands without even blinking.

  14. the most important match has to be that loss against novak at the US. it made roger work harder than ever and proved to him and everyone else that he had great mental strength to go on a run and win the tournaments that he did. great article by the way

    • Hey Callum,

      Yeah that seems to be the one most are picking out as the key match. It definitely kinda gave him a kick up the backside and made him question why he was losing from winning positions…

  15. I feel that the match or the loss that made all the difference was the Davis Cup loss to Isner. I think after that match he just decided that he wont lose matches where he’s ahead, and where he’s expected to win! And if he did lose he will give a fight till the very end!

    • You reckon? I kinda have that match down as almost meaningless and actually a good loss because it kinda rendered the Davis Cup pointless for the rest of the year… was on a stupid surface too…

  16. Great write-up. Good to see Federer in form again. His body is in great condition, ironically, it was his mindset that caused most of his most recent faults. The king is back!

  17. Great article! Nice to relive all those epic victories. I personally think that the most important matches for feds have been the two us open semifinal losses to djokovic. I’ve always felt that federer has always been capable of beating djokovic, even when djoks hit the dizzying heights of 2011, something that I didn’t always feel when playing nadal around 2008, 2010. I was amazed and annoyed to see that most people considered Feds-djoks a cert win for djokovic in the last two years. Obviously the results did back this up but I never felt the games did, with perhaps the exception of the 2011 Australian open where djokovic was really at his peak and Feds wasn’t. Other than that I felt Feds had the upper hand. 2010 and 11 us opens Feds (in my opinion) should have won and even so they were very close. At the French in 2011 we all know what happened. At wimby he didn’t make it to djoks wichita is a shame but I would have fancied Feds. This year at the Ozzie I wanted to see him on djokovics side as I felt djoks had come back down to earth a bit since 2011 (even muz was able to take two sets), unfortunately it wasn’t to be. And even his worst defeat at the French this year it was soo clear that djokovic didn’t beat Feds but instead Feds beat himself (weather on purpose or not I don’t know but djokovic didn’t really have to do anything). Finally at wimby this year he showed he can outplay him and close out the game. If u look at their grandslam head to head djokovic is only leading at the Ozzie 2-1 (Feds was sick in 2008). So really other than that it’s only those two semifinals at the US and nobody can say that they couldn’t have gone both ways. I felt like his response to the 2011 us semi was crucial, as u have so brilliantly described in this article. He knew that he should have beaten him and he didn’t waste time feeling sorry for himself but instead worked hard to put things right. Bottom line, federer has always had the upper hand over djokovic even tho results havent shown it.

    • Thanks Tommaso,

      Yeah I agree, I think Fed matches up well to Djoker because he is capable of mixing it up enough so that Djoker can’t just defend, he actually has to think and nobody can out think Fed on the court.

      Jonathan

  18. Excellent article! It is so close to what I felt : the destination (back to #1) is brilliant in itself, but the trip counts even more.

    I reckon those matches against Raonic in IW and in Madrid 1st round were really game-changers Had he lost those, he would have been 2000 points short. He had to serve clutch, and volley exceptionnaly well especially in Madrid. This match and the Wimby final was his best volleying of 2012.

    My dreams now for Fed are :
    – make the Nadal H2H even or positive (very hard, but now that Nadal at #3 could have to meet Djokovic in semis…)
    – play for another 4 to 6 years and beat Connors’ 109 ATP titles!!!
    – Olympics is quite secondary, but Davis Cup would be great for someone so much into tennis history
    – use his influential position in the ATP council to really bring changes to the game : longer grass season, with a M1000, a hardcourt season a bit longer that leads to the AO, and more (less slippery) blue clay :)

    • Hey man,

      Yeah good call, those matches were definitely big on recouping the Number 1 spot.

      Be awesome if they extended the grass court season but can’t see it happening!

  19. Hi All, Great article Jonathan and great comments from everyone!

    I honestly think the only player that Roger has a problem with is Nadal but really believe we will see Roger taking him out in at LEAST one slam before he retires from tennis. And I say this because Roger will never have received such confidence levels ( and relief!) as he has in winning his 7th Wimbledon and probably most important slam of his career. I really believe the mindset will be different against Nadal going forward so watch this space!

    Roger has still ( amazingly) a number of milestones to aim for in his career, some of which it is possible he might not obtain ( but would not put it past him!):

    * Beat Connors’ all-time ATP title record of 109: ( most unlikely )
    * win the remaining two Masters titles that he has yet to win ( both clay ): Rome & Monte Carlo ( fairly likely, I can see him getting at least one of them )
    * to tie with Sampras’ record 6 Year_End Number 1’s: ( difficult but achievable, and has to be done this year of course! )
    * Win the Davis Cup for Switzerland: ( exceptionally difficult as Roger and Wawrinka have only themselves to do it, whereas the likes of Spain, France, Argentina and US have huge strength in depth both in singles and doubles )
    * Win the singles gold medal at the Olympics: ( this is definitely possible but could also be something of a lottery )
    * Win a record 8th Wimbledon: ( very very possible)
    * win Australian and US Open one more time each: excellent chance now
    * to tie the all-time Australian Open and US Open Records of 6 and 7 respectively:( slim but not impossible, but most unlikely do do both )
    * Win the French Open one more time: ( perhaps surprisingly with Nadal around, I see this as quite possible)
    * Hold the most Masters titles when he retires: ( extremely unlikely due to 3 clay courts masters annually and Nadal’s dominance of them and of course NO grass court masters. If Nadal retires early or gets injured for a prolonged period then Roger’s chances increase substantially )
    * Most slam quarter finals:( definitely)
    * Most consecutive slam appearances : very possible. He just needs to play in all the slams up to, and including, the Australian Open in 2014, and he will beat the record of 56 held by Wayne Ferreira
    * Beat the Women’s slam record of 24 held by Margaret Court: ( extremely unlikely )
    * Beat the Womens all-time record of 305 match wins at Grand Slams held by the great Chris Evert: Actually very possible indeed if he plays to the end of 2016 ( US Open ) when he will only have turned 35

    • Hey Paul,

      Haha you have listed more records for him to achieve in the remainder of his career than he probably already holds! lol

      I can see a few of them happening, US Open win is likely.

      I doubt FO and winning MC/Rome are possible and I’m not sure they add to his resume, he’s won Slams on all 4 surfaces, that is enough.

      Guess we have to wait and see though, not many predicted a 7th Wimbledon so he’s always up for proving people wrong!

  20. I’m very happy coz i was right when i trusted FED and said the best is to come after he lost against djoko in Roma , deserved victory , hope he win the gold medal for single’s , believe he can if he is in that form of wimb and if he is completely focusing on it , ALLEZ Maestro

  21. actually I said the best is to come after Roland Garros , and yes it is all destiny wins and losses
    Say, “Never will we be struck except by what Allah has decreed for us; He is our protector.” And upon Allah let the believers rely. (51) At-Tawba (The Repentance)
    I think there are more and more that the maesro will achieve

  22. I love your emphasis on matches where Fed had to dig deep to win. Indian Wells and Madrid against Raonic come to my mind as well. I also felt this year’s RG overall wasn’t bad at all, when I calm down and think about how he played over two weeks, it just seems ridiculous that he till made it to the semifinal. Being stopped by Djo there seems the perfect compromise between defending ranking points and the need to get some rest after the discomfort in Madrid/Rome.

    It’s no surprise that a lot of people pick 2011USO SF as the turning point: not only did Roger himself mention it in interviews later (as I recall, he said Mirka said something along the lines of “if it happens more than once, then there might be a problem you should fix”), but it also makes a perfect narrative that structures these otherwise discrete matches…beaten by last year’s no.1, and getting back by winning Wimby and beating him along the way…

    I would pick the other two matches with Tsonga in last year’s WTF as well. I sometimes have the feeling that Fed does not forget tough losses from certain opponents. The way he has played Delpo ever since 2009USO Final gives me that impression, regardless of the latter’s injuries. This may be just me as a fan thinking too much and projecting my thoughts on to Fed’s mind, though…

    Okay I’m picking too many matches. Your choice seems great for a coherent article. But every match is of some interest to me, because it’s Fed playing…:P

    • Haha same here!

      Yeah the Tsonga ones were good, don’t forget he beat him in straight sets at the US11 after the loss at Wimbledon a month earlier… many people thought that would be a tough match but Fed moved him outta the way easily.

  23. I can see the background effort you have put through for this amazing article mate.. Well planned, hard worked slam.. Just happy to be witnessing Roger in this competitive era of tennis.. Allez Roger, fan till death and beyond.. :)

  24. PeRFect….
    Paul Annacone definitely turned it around…
    But it was a perfectly planned things to gt back to no.1
    but it happened so early…we never thought as great federer fan…the way djokivic n nadal played last year , it was impossible for federer to cover those 6000 point deficit….
    But main thing he got it right…the feeling….HE IS FEDERER…..then everything will b taken care of….
    Two more goals..we equal with Sampras in number of US open also, so one more US open & one more wimbeldon….plus year ending as no.1………………..
    @jonathan..great work man..every video is a must watch

  25. The most influential match this year is with Benneteau (wimb.) the first 5 set win this year. but i doubt he can repeat this kind of performances because he was hurt the next match against malyse. what if it was Djoko. the next match. i believe he is the best player that ever lived but i don’t think he or Nadal will win a grand slam after this. the golden generation has ended.

    • Hmm I disagree, the Benneteau match wasn’t the reason for the bad back, I believe it was the cold weather that flared it up. If Djoker was next up, then so be it, he’d have to try find a way to come through.

      People said he wouldn’t win another after a 2 year drought, but look what happened… he’s too good to be ruled out.

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