On August 8, Federer will celebrate his 38th birthday. And if he steps on the glorious podium at Center Court on July 14, he will continue to set the record for the oldest player in the history of the championship. Wimbledon calculated in the Open Era (since 1968). The current record also belongs to him, after the Wimbledon championship 2017.
Broader in Grand Slam’s history, the record holder of the old Open Age champion is still Ken Rosewall, when he crowned the Australian Open 1972 at the age of 37. That would also be a milestone that Federer was deciding. The mind rushed into the journey to conquer Wimbledon 2019, the tournament will open next Monday (July 1).
“I love this place, because it gives me vibrations. I have beautiful memories. My childhood heroes all won here,” the player is holding a record of 20 Grand Slam minds. The “Every time I come back here, I try to be like them”.
Maybe FedEx is a bit humble, because he went into Wimbledon history as the greatest player in this tournament, but there is the fact that even if he seems to have conquered milestones, it seems to be over. Striving for strength, he can still make others hat by talent and determination. In his last appearance at Wimbledon, he crushed Marin Cilic only after 3 sets 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 in the final. It is also a tournament that Federer has won without losing a set, while his biggest (and younger) rivals like Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, or phenomena new as Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev fell out one after another.
That year, Djokovic had to withdraw in the quarterfinals due to elbow injury, while Nadal was eliminated from the fourth round, after the marathon with Gilles Muller, with the final set of 15-13 in favor of the Austrian player. The fact that Federer won that year easily made many people surprised, because he spent five consecutive years without winning Wimbledon since taking down Andy Murray in the final in 2012. Previously, the first six Wimbledon championships Federer’s first came in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2009, when he was at the best age.
Challenges for FedEx
To be fair, apart from the 2017 championship, Federer’s trips to London in the last few years have not yielded the best results. The most disappointing was in 2013, when Federer was knocked out of shock in the second round, against the lesser opponent Sergyi Stakhovsky.
Two seasons later, Federer was second in Wimbledon when losing to Djokovic in the final, and in 2016, he collapsed in front of the player with the heavy serve Milos Raonic at the semi-finals. Last year, Federer guarded the racquet before Kevin Anderson, after losing this 2m03 “pole” with the score 11-13 in the fifth set.
“It was a failure that hurt me so much. No one wanted to be a loser after such a game. It was a great motivation for me, because I didn’t want to sit here and justify my defeat.” Federer said after the loss – the loss he had lost several matchpoints in the fourth set, “That’s the worst feeling you have to go through as a player”.
However, that defeat has fallen into the past, and Federer will enter the tournament again this year as a heavyweight candidate, along with a 4-time champion of Novak Djokovic. After seeing the 12th Nadal win Roland Garros, and only two titles to his Grand Slam record, Federer is even more determined in Wimbledon. And he started this tournament with the 10th championship in Halle Open.
“Winning 10 times in a tournament is a very special moment in my career,” Federer admitted. He has owned 102 big and small titles in his career, only 7 behind the legendary Jimmy Connors. He is also the oldest ATP Tour winner since the 43-year-old Ken Rosewall won the championship in Hong Kong in 1977.
“Every time the champion in Halle is then I play well in Wimbledon,” the Swiss legend cheerfully said, “Of course, not a guarantee, but I played at the ATP Tour long enough to understand. how much it means. “
Let’s wait and see, can Federer put his 9th star on his shirt at the All England Club?