Author: Andrew Younger
Published: 16:40 12/09/2014
Without a Grand Slam title in two years, Roger Federer goes into the Australian Open in January looking for his first Major since Wimbledon in 2012.
We have put together a list of five reasons why he could be due another and after reading them you might just feel tempted to back him to win his eighteenth Major with Sportingbet who are offering a risk free bet of up to £50.
1. He’s the best ever on hard courts
Although Djokovic has proved tough competition during the hard court season recently, Roger still leads the way on this surface. A career index of .826 just pips Novak’s .823 on hard courts proving that statistically Federer is still the best in the business on this surface. The small matter of 600+ wins on hard courts also go a long way to proving that too.
2. He has a point to prove
For so long Federer was invincible in the Tennis world. Only Rafael Nadal on clay proved to be his undoing on a consistent basis as he dominated on all other surfaces. However that air of invincibility has eluded Federer in recent years and he is no longer the favourite coming into majors like this. A man with his pedigree will surely want to put that right.
3. He’s shown signs he could be getting back to his best
Victories at the Halle Open and Cincinnati Masters late in the 2014 season showed that there was still magic in Roger’s racquet. After injuries triggered a slump in form during 2013, there are signs that Federer still has the hunger and skill to mix it at the top and win tournaments, making him a force to be reckoned with in Melbourne.
4. He’s not tasted Grand Slam success in so long
For a man that has won seventeen Grand Slam titles, two years without tasting success in one is a hell of a long time. That’s how long Federer’s drought has lasted after last winning a Slam at Wimbledon in 2012. Every narrow loss and Major defeat will be making the competitive Federer hungrier and hungrier to taste success again. After all, you don’t reach the heights Federer has without having incredible levels of desire.
5. He’s Roger Federer
What more can you say? The man is the most successful player in Grand Slam history and has spent more time as world number 1 than anybody else in the history of the game. He may be well into his 30’s now but for a player with the fluidity and technique of Federer, age is not as defining a factor as it might be for other players. When it comes to majors, his record speaks for itself and only a fool would write him off.
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