Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tourney remains Federer's to lose

WIMBLEDON, England — Walking the Wimbledon grounds Sunday, wearing a stylish white jacket with gold trim, his collar turned up for protection from a biting wind, the tournament's six-time champion looked like the same old Roger Federer.

True, there have been signs of slippage. Federer lost at the French Open in the quarterfinals, his earliest Grand Slam exit in six years. He dropped to No. 2 in the rankings behind Rafael Nadal. Then at a Wimbledon warmup event came Federer's second grasscourt defeat since 2003.

But the All England Club tends to bring out the best in Federer. He has reached a record seven consecutive Wimbledon finals, losing only one, to Nadal in 2008. Last year Federer regained the title, beating Andy Roddick 16-14 in the fifth set of a final that ranked with the sport's greatest matches.

And so when Federer steps onto Centre Court lawn for his opening-round match today against Alejandro Falla, he'll again be the man to beat. Tournament organizers acknowledged as much by giving Federer the top seed.

He'll try to join Pete Sampras and the 19th century's Willie Renshaw as the only men to win the singles title seven times.

"Obviously my game's made for grass," Federer, 29, said. "I definitely think every time I play, I'll have a chance to win here, there's no doubt. We all know how hard it is to win Grand Slam titles. But I think the experience I have on this surface can pull me through many matches maybe I would be struggling with."

Also made for grass are women's favorites Serena and Venus Williams, who are seeded 1-2 and have combined to win eight of the past 10 Wimbledon championships. Serena has tweaked her preparation in anticipation of a visit Thursday to Wimbledon by Queen Elizabeth II.

"I've been working on my curtsy," Serena said. "It's a little extreme, so I'm going to have to tone it down. I was practicing it this morning."

FAST FACTS

Wimbledon

Today through July 4 at All England Club

Today's top matches: Men — No.  1 Roger Federer vs. Alejandro Falla; No. 3 Novak Djokovic vs. Olivier Rochus; No. 5 Andy Roddick vs. Rajeev Ram; No. 7 Nikolay Davydenko vs. Kevin Anderson; No. 15 Lleyton Hewitt (15) vs. Maximo Gonzalez. Women — No. 2 Venus Williams vs. Rossana de los Rios; No. 4 Jelena Jankovic vs. Laura Robson; No. 5 Francesca Schiavone vs. Vera Dushe­vina; No. 8 Kim Clijsters vs. Maria Elena Camerin

TV: 6:30 a.m., ESPN2

Tourney remains Federer's to lose 06/20/10 [Last modified: Sunday, June 20, 2010 7:57pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Florida State sees plenty of upside in Dade City native Jacob Pugh

    College

    TALLAHASSEE — No, Florida State senior Jacob Pugh is not as versatile as teammate Derwin James.

     Florida State Seminoles linebacker Jacob Pugh (16) and Florida State Seminoles defensive end DeMarcus Walker (44) celebrate after sacking the Miami quarterback Saturday October 8, 2016 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
  2. 247Sports: Berkeley Prep's Nicholas Petit-Frere top OT in nation

    Footballpreps

    Berkeley Prep offensive tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere already is widely considered the best player in Tampa Bay.

    Berkeley Prep rising senior defensive end Nicholas Petit-Frere (78) performs a pad drill during spring football practice at Berkeley Prep in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, May 12, 2017.
  3. Full disclosure: My AP Top 25 ballot

    Blogs

    Now that you've seen the preseason AP Top 25, here's what I submitted in my first year as a voter. The AP doesn't give us many guidelines in the preseason. I didn't try to predict how …

  4. AP Top 25: Alabama first, FSU, UF, Miami and USF all in top 20

    Blogs

    As expected, Alabama will start the season at No. 1 in the AP Top 25.

  5. HomeTeam 25: Football rankings for Tampa Bay

    Footballpreps

    Armwood High School quarterback Devin Black (7) hands the ball off to running back Larry Anderson (13) during the Spring Football Jamboree in Seffner, Fla. on Thursday, May 18, 2017.