A new year, a new tennis season, a new Major title for Roger Federer? GTT contributor Van Sias wonders if Fed can bring a big one home in 2012.
Serves and Returns
Will ’12 Be a Happy New Year for Federer on the Slam Front?
By Van Sias
Happy New Year!
Now here’s a phrase that I didn’t think I’d be typing any time soon: It’s been nearly two years since Roger Federer has won a Grand Slam title.
It’s only a testament to the level to the expectations that have been created by his other achievements that that even becomes something worth noting. You can almost say two years equals 14 in Federer years! The emergence of Novak Djokovic as the dominant player in men’s tennis didn’t leave many Slams open for anyone to win in 2011. Plus, Federer suffered a couple of losses from winning positions: against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarters at Wimbledon and versus Djokovic in the U.S. Open semifinals.
Still, Federer ended the year on a high note, winning his last three tournaments. Sure, they weren’t Majors, but perhaps that good form can carry over?
So the first “serve” of the new year to you is this: Will Roger Federer win a Grand Slam title in 2012?
That’s the question the tennis world wants to know!
My Take: In 2012, you have what essentially amounts to an extra Grand Slam with the Summer Olympics. It’s going to be a grind, where you have three two-week tournaments right around each other: the French Open, Wimbledon and the Olympics, making for a matter of survival of the fittest. I have Federer down to win at least Wimbledon this year, if not the Olympics, too. His attacking style will still do him well against his baseline-hugging compatriots.