Thursday, July 21, 2011

Federer has gone too long without Grand Slam success

Roger Federer has not won a Grand Slam title for over 18 months and that is going to make him a dangerous animal come the US Open.

The Swiss tennis legend has slipped to number three in the world rankings and has seen Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic win the Grand Slams so far in 2011.

Federer won five straight titles at Flushing Meadows between 2004 and 2008 but has failed to add to his haul of US Open titles since that latest win.

It has now been six Grand Slam tournaments since Federer last won one but coach Paul Annacone has backed him to come back and be there or thereabouts come the US Open. Those looking to bet on Andy Murray should bear this in mind.

"Roger got to the semis in the Australian Open, the finals of the French Open, and quarter-finals of Wimbledon: he's right there. I don't see any reason why he's not going to be really geared up and ready to play in New York," he said.

Federer, Nadal and Djokovic are all likely to appear at the Rogers Cup in Montreal at the beginning of August as they prepare for the US Open. Those who bet on US Open action will be keeping a close eye on him.

That trio, plus world number four Andy Murray, are likely to fill the semi-final slots come Flushing Meadow in what promises to be an exciting final Grand Slam tournament of the year.

Federer will be out to answer the critics and prove he can still win the big tournaments but it will be a big challenge as Djokovic is on a phenomenal run in 2011 and Nadal is so difficult to beat on the hard courts.

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