Friday, May 25, 2012

McEnroe – Don't Rule out Federer

Patrick McEnroe says he feels Roger Federer has a good chance of adding to his tally of Wimbledon titles, but may need to move himself up the rankings to aid his hopes.

The Swiss ace has not won a Grand Slam title since his success at the 2010 Australian Open, but hopes are high that he can add another major, this year.

Federer, who has 16 Slams to his name, ended 2011 with victory in the ATP Tour Championship at the O2 Arena, and has already won four ATP Tour titles, to date, this year.

By his incredibly high standards though, his last two appearances at SW19 have been disappointing, given that he failed to get past the quarterfinals in 2010 and 2011.

The six-time Wimbledon winner suffered a heart-breaking five-set defeat to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, last year, but his recent form gives the 30-year-old renewed hope.

Former US Davis Cup captain, McEnroe, feels a rise in his ranking will give Federer more hope of lifting another major title.

McEnroe told ESPN: "I’m actually a little more optimistic now than I’ve been in, say, the last year and a half. I think he’s playing better.

"If he can be a second seed, going into a Grand Slam, as opposed to being a third seed, that would make - to me - his chances quite a bit better, because then he wouldn’t have to necessarily go through both guys [Djokovic and Nadal]."

The former top-30 player also believes that, despite having won all four of the majors, grass is still Federer's best surface.

McEnroe added: “Obviously, Wimbledon you would think is his best chance, even though he’s been picked off the last two years there. That’s still the surface, where there are far fewer guys that can pick him off.”

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