Tuesday Tennis

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That’s the biggest story in the sporting world this past weekend. Not only has Roger Federer tied Pete Sampras with the most grand slams of all time, but he has also become the sixth player ever to win the career slam. Roger Federer will take the week off in defense of his Gerry Weber Open title due to “exhaustion”. He’s earned the rest, he has finally gotten over the hump, conquering the dirt. Federer will now go into Wimbledon without any warm up grass court matches, much like defending champion Rafael Nadal. In a week of great historical significance for the game of tennis, this week’s tournaments have lost the top two players and the draws will be depleted. With that said, this gives us a great chance to scout the likes of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Novak Djokovic, and the Andys. Fernando Verdasco lost his first match on grass, which makes him a questionable Wimbledon choice, while Juan Martin Del Potro is also taking the week off. So what does all this mean for Wimbledon? It’s anybody’s guess, but we know one thing – Federer will be ready. The question just becomes who can have a Robin Soderling-esque run? The Queens Club potential final of Murray vs. Roddick may be a great harbinger. Also, lookout for Lleyton Hewitt! He’s poised to win it again.


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