Roger Federer advances to the Wimbledon Final
If there was any question or doubt about Roger Federer maybe losing a step in the past couple of years, Federer reminded people that he is still one of the all-time greats to ever play this game.
Federer defeated defending champion Novak Djokovic in four sets, and will be playing for the Wimbledon trophy for a record eighth time in his extraordinary career.
As Federer defeated Djokovic 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the semifinals at Wimbledon on Centre Court, he is only one victory away from adding himself in the history books, and possibly go down as one of the best.
“This is what you want to be playing for – the Wimbledon trophy,” Federer said. “I’ve got a tough task ahead of me.”
If the six-time champion can defeat either Andy Murray or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Wimbledon Final this Sunday, he would have the opportunity to steal the N0.1 ranking away from Djokovic, equal Pete Sampras’ record of seven WImbledon titles and also equal Sampras’ record of being the top-ranked player for 286 weeks.
If that wasn’t enough pressure or motivation for Federer to win, he is also going for his 17th Grand Slam title. Federer is racking up awards and titles, and what a win this would be with so much on the line. Many people would rather avoid pressure and shy away from it, but Federer loves the challenge and takes it head on.
“There’s obviously a lot on the line for me in terms of winning here, the all-time Grand Slam record, world No. 1,” Federer said. ”I’m also going into that match with some pressure, but I’m excited about it. That’s what I play for.”
Both players were firing away, as it was a close game to begin with. Federer and Djokovic were playing well in this match, but in the end, Djokovic just could not get the points when they mattered the most.
With Djokovic failing to change the course of the game with those missed opportunities, that is where Federer shined the brightest, as he took control and the momentum of the match.
“I was able to play some fantastic tennis today,” Federer said. “The first two sets went really quickly, and then the third set was obviously key to the match. I was able to maybe step it up, get a bit lucky maybe.”
Federer calls it “luck”, but to his fans around the world, we simply call it God-given talent and skill.
Whoever plays Federer in the Finals this Sunday, look out. He is a man on a mission that simply won’t stop until he achieves his goal. Good luck to his opponent, their going to need it.