Federer eyes eighth title
LONDON» Write off Roger Federer at your own peril.
The guy’s been considered done by some folks at various times over the years, whether because of age or a bad back or a bum knee or a — gasp — 4½-season drought without a Grand Slam title.
And yet here he is, about to turn 36 next month, about to tie a record by playing in his 70th major tournament and, lo and behold, back to his old status as a popular pick to take home the title when Wimbledon begins on Monday.
He is seeking an unprecedented eighth men’s championship at the All England Club.
“A player like Roger, as long as he’s playing, you know, he’s going to have a chance to win a Grand Slam. The day he will stop playing, that’s when he will have no chance to win,” said Stan Wawrinka, a three-time major champion who has played much of his career in his Swiss countryman’s considerable shadow.
“We all know as players, we all see on the court, we all see when we practice against him,” said Wawrinka, who is friends with Federer and has teamed with him to win a Davis Cup title and an Olympic gold in doubles.
“For sure, he had some years (that were) a little bit down — with some injury, with some tough results for him. That’s part of a long career.”
The lasting image of Federer at Wimbledon a year ago was of him facedown on the Centre Court turf during the fifth set of a semifinal loss, betrayed by a surgically repaired left knee.