Fed­erer eyes eighth ti­tle

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Howard Fen­drich

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.

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