There’s life in the old Rog yet. Mr Wimbledon himself Roger Federer is just two games away from breaking the record of seven SW19 titles in the Open era which he jointly holds with American Pete Sampras.
It’s far from a foregone conclusion but at odds of 5/2, backing Federer to write his name further into the history books holds bundles of appeal.
He’s playing magnificent tennis
Only 2014 Australian Open winner Stanislas Wawrinka has managed to prise a set off the Swiss maestro at this year’s tournament.
Fed has looked every bit the graceful grass-court assassin of years gone by, winning 83 per cent of first-serve points – only bettered but Milos Raonic of the four men left in the draw.
The Swiss leads 4-0 in previous meetings with Raonic
The Canadian ace-machine may own the fiercest serve at SW19, but thus far in four career encounters Federer’s 6f 5” opponent hasn’t figured out a way of beating him.
Federer triumphed in their only grass-court duel in 2012 and won their most recent meeting at the 2013 Aussie Open in straight sets.
Djokovic has to play Dimitrov
The 8/11 favourite was worked to the bone by Marin Cilic in an epic five-set quarter-final clash and must now face the man who cleaned defending champion Andy Murray out in straight sets.
Dimitrov’s Queens Club title served a warning that the Bulgarian would be a force at Wimbledon and Murray’s conqueror will be pressure-free and comparatively fresh as well.
Fed beat Djokovic in the 2012 semi-final
Despite Federer only being 32-years-old many had been quick to write his Wimbledon obituary after last year’s shock exit, forgetting he had beaten Djokovic then Andy Murray in four sets en-route to the title just a year earlier.
That remains these titans’ only meeting on grass, but significantly Federer has won two of their three matches this year, including the last one in the Monte Carlo semi-final in straight sets.
So if it’s Novak he faces, they’ll be no trepidation, while he overcame Dimitrov in their only meeting on hard courts last season in straight sets.
Federer has history at his finger tips
What more of a carrot does the great man need to be dangled under his nose than the chance to be recognised as the undisputed King of Grass?
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