Federer coming into Wimbledon on a high

Federer has hit form at the perfect time just before he takes part in the Wimbledon Championships, taking home the trophy in Germany

As British tennis fans were celebrating Andy Murray’s win in the AEGON Championships at Queen’s Club - and then spent an hour watching Boris Johnson return serves from Jimmy Carr in a charity match - in Europe another great was taking home some silverware of his own.

Roger Federer spent Sunday afternoon in Germany playing against Mikhail Youzhny in the Gerry Weber Open, coming from a set down to eventually win the final with a score line of 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-4.

The Swiss sportsman took home his 77th ATP Tour title, continuing a tradition of winning titles in every season for the last 13 successive years. Federer is now tied third with John McEnroe in a list of all time ATP title winners and is only behind Jimmy Connors with 109, and Ivan Lendl with 94.

Many have argued that the Gerry Weber Open is not a strong enough competition for a player who is looking to defend his Wimbledon title in the coming weeks, and that his preparation hasn’t matched that of his fellow finalist last year, Murray.

On his route to the final he dispatched Cedrik-Marcel Stebe and Mischa Zverev in straight sets, not surprising considering that they are both ranked 166 and 156 in the world respectively.

Compare that to Andy Murray’s matches against Marinko Matosevic, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga and Marin Cilic, all of whom are easily in the top 100. The only similarity between both players preparation has been that they’ve managed to hone their skills in on the grass courts.

However, Murray knows better than anyone that it would be naïve to write off Federer before any tournament. This is a player who is still ranked third in the world despite just one win this season and who has already taken seven Wimbledon titles, all of which add to his ten other Grand Slam titles.

His 2013 ATP season has hardly been one to write off either, despite it only providing one victory so far. The 31-year-old still managed to reach the final of the ATP World Tour Master 1000 event in Rome, the semi-final of the Australian Open and the quarter-finals at Roland Garros and Indian Wells.

If Andy Murray and Roger Federer do meet in Wimbledon over the coming weeks then both men will be as determined as ever to take home another Grand Slam each. Murray has grown into a player much too talented and focussed to read much into the fact that four of Federer’s seven Wimbledon wins have come after victories in Germany.

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