While all the focus is on a potential Rafael Nadal vs. Novak Djokovic final at Roland Garros, it seems as though Roger Federer has slipped under the radar. Why has everyone been ignoring the threat of the Swiss master? Federer may be at the twilight years of his career, but he still carries a significant threat in any grand slam. Aside from Nadal, no player has shown more consistency at Roland Garros than Roger Federer. He has reached the semi final stage in seven of his past eight French Open visits, with one win and four finals appearances during that time. His four finals losses have been to Nadal, which goes to show how good Federer is on clay.
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With Nadal and Djokovic being drawn in the same side of the draw, that would set up a potential semi final clash between those two, leaving the other side of the field clear for Federer. There are plenty of other threats heading into this grand slam, but none of them have the class, consistency, and ability that Federer possesses. Without Nadal and Djokovic in his semi final path, Federer is almost certain to make the final. And once he is there, it is possible that he could get the better of his more fancied opponent.
A second factor that will work in Federer's favor is that the potential semi between Nadal and Djokovic will be a titanic affair. That match could last anywhere between 3.5 to 5 hours, leaving the victor exhausted going into the final. Federer is known to finish off his opponents quickly, especially if they are not Nadal, Djokovic, or Murray. A rested Roger Federer could even be the favorite in a final against Nadal or Djokovic. This makes Federer a huge threat at Roland Garros, perhaps even the main threat.
Do not hesitate to purchase French Open 2013 tickets, if you get the chance. This is going to be an incredible tournament. Rafael Nadal has shown near flawless form since returning for injury, while Djokovic is sure to be at his dominant best. If Federer steps up to the occasion we could have two or three real classics on our hands, once the tournament reaches the semi final stages.
People have written off Federer in the past, but are often proved wrong. The period between the 2010 Australian Open and 2012 Wimbledon event was the worst in Federer's post no.1 career. He failed to win a grand slam in between, with retirement rumors even surfacing. He went into last year's Wimbledon without much hope, at least in the eyes of experts and former pros. Yet he came away with victory, dispatching Andy Murray in four sets in the final. Federer would love to prove people wrong yet again, and claim another French Open title. There is no doubt that this will be difficult, as clay is a brutal surface. His body will be tested to its limits, but if one man can overcome all that, it is Roger Federer.