Federer Set To Overtake Samprass

Roger FedererTotal Pro Sports – In light of the up-coming Australian Open which will take place later this month in Melbourne, Roger Federer’s name once again will surface as he attempts to create history by winning all four Major tennis titles in the same calendar year.

In addition, Federer is just one Grand Slam title away from equaling the great American Pete Sampras in career Grand Slams.  However, with the strong year had by Rafael Nadal in 2008, many believe this could be the Spaniard’s year to hoist all four prestigious titles.

In a disappointing 2008 season, the 27 year old Federer was only able to capture the U.S. Open, thus adding to his total of 13 Grand Slam Titles.  On the other hand, the 22 year old Nadal captured the French Open for the fourth consecutive year, his first Wimbledon crown, an Olympic Gold Medal and even bumped Federer for the number one world ranking which the Swiss star previously held for 237 consecutive weeks. However, Federer believes 2009 will be a better year.

”This could be a very meaningful season for me,” Federer said. ”I can equal Pete Sampras’ record. I can add another Wimbledon title and this is something that is very dear to me. I can also win my first French Open title, so I am looking forward to my season.”

”I feel much better this year,” Federer said. ”Last year, I couldn’t practice the way I wanted to because of health reasons. But this year I have trained really well and I feel very confident about myself. I have less pressure now and it is not a bad thing.” From the Canadian Press

Only time will tell if Roger Federer can return to top form.  After all, with the surge of his main rival in Rafael Nadal over the past season, nothing short of brilliance can earn Federer his place in history.

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