By Jake Davies
- Five Reasons why Roger Federer will win Wimbledon 2017
LONDON, UK – History beckons for Roger Federer as he aims to be the first man to win eight titles at Wimbledon. Five reasons why today will be his day.
Federer is one of the greatest on the grass courts of Wimbledon
Marin Cilic will feel overjoyed progressing to a Wimbledon final for the very first time, but this will be an eleventh Wimbledon final for Roger Federer, who is vastly experienced on knowing how to deal with the nerves of a special final on Centre Court. The Swiss, who is chasing a record eighth Wimbledon title, is still as hungry and determined as ever even after all that he has achieved and will be remembered as one of the greatest grass court players of any generation.
The new-and-improved one-handed backhand in 2017
The hardest part about discovering how to beat Federer in 2017 is that there are not really any weaknesses. The pattern of play that Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic often applied when playing Federer was to attack his single-handed backhand. That was the single shot that buckled enormously when you took time away from that wing, but Federer has responded in 2017. He is now hitting over the backhand much more and he is playing so confidently that he is taking the ball incredibly early.
Cilic will struggle to find answers on Centre Court, because of that very reason.
Head-to-Head suggests that Federer will come out on top
I think Federer will be pleased with the majority of his matches against the 2014 US Open champion. He knows he often gets the better of Cilic as the head-to-head shows, but the loss at Flushing Meadows will still be fresh in the memory and that will motivate Federer even more in this particular final.
Yet to drop a set at Wimbledon this year
Federer has looked in impeccable form this Championships. He is yet to lose a single set throughout the fortnight and has remained completely engaged in his grass court game plan regardless of the opposition he is up against. Many players can apply the same strategy as Federer on a grass court, but Federer has the belief and know-how to get the much-needed victory when it matters most on the Final Sunday at Wimbledon.
Federer’s serve is the key to Wimbledon victory
Only four times has Federer’s serve been broken over the whole of the two weeks so far. Ivo Karlovic, John Isner and even Cilic will feel great about the power and accuracy of some of their serves, but Federer has the natural skill of delivering the perfect serve during the moments where he is facing break point. The quality of serve means nothing unless it is just as reliable in the biggest moments of the biggest matches and Federer has made a career out of delivering on that front.
The Wimbledon Men’s Singles final takes place at 2pm BST.
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