Unfortunately it’s coming to this. The mighty Roger Federer may soon be passed by his countryman and second fiddle Stanislas Wawrinka. The younger Wawrinka is already well ahead of the 17-time Slam champion in terms of 2013 points and this season Stan has reached three finals winning in Portugal and recently finishing runner-up in Madrid yesterday.
The 31-year-old Federer has yet to even reach a final this year. And his last title came in August at Cincinnati. Roger’s Grand Slam record has been nearly impeccable, but an early loss has to come at some time.
The case for Federer:
- He’s reached 8 straight QFs or better at the French Open, and he’s a former champion
- He’s made 35 straight Grand Slam QFs – Wawrinka just 2 overall in his career
- He’s played poorly in ATP event but always steps up a level in Slams
- If they play He’s won 13 of 14 against Stan
- At least he’ll be fresh for the French, Stan might be overplaying
The case for Wawrinka:
- He’s playing the best tennis of his career, Federer clearly isn’t
- Clay is his favorite surface
- He’s reached the 4th RD in Paris the last three years – Federer might not make it that far!
- He’s back in the Top 10 this week so he’ll earn a decent seed – might avoid a Top 4 seed until QF
- He’s 3 years younger than Roger who’s had some back niggles
- Has won 25 matches this year, Roger 14
- Has 4 Top 10 wins this year, Federer just 1 (also came so close to beating Novak at Australia)
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