Federer seeks redemption at Wimbledon

Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:38pm EDT
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By Pritha Sarkar

LONDON (Reuters) - Five-times champion Roger Federer will turn up at Wimbledon on Monday knowing his aura of invincibility is fading fast.

The world number one was humiliated by Rafael Nadal 12 days ago in the most lopsided men's French Open final for 31 years, when he pocketed only four games.

There could be no better place for Federer to reconfirm his tennis supremacy, however, than at the citadel of grasscourt tennis, especially if he lifts a modern-era record sixth successive trophy.

Since 2003, Federer's dominance on turf has been absolute. With no equal in sight, it seemed as if the most keenly-fought race would be to see who would collide with the Swiss master in the men's final.

Not this year, however. Bjorn Borg, whose tally of five consecutive titles Federer equaled last July, has tipped him as only third favorite for the championship.

"I pick Rafael Nadal as winner and my second choice is Novak Djokovic, my third is Roger," Borg said on Thursday.

"For (Roger) to beat those guys at Wimbledon he needs to play much better than he did last summer. He knows he will have to play some unbelievable tennis to win again."

This season Federer, who suffered a bout of glandular fever at the start of the year, has often looked ragged, winning only two titles.   Continued...

<p>Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates beating Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany during the final of the Halle Open ATP tennis tournament in the western German town of Halle near Bielefeld June 15, 2008. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay</p>