Roger Federer has nothing on his mind right now outside of the Wimbledon tennis tournament. While there are a lot of distractions right now in London for the players vying for this year’s title, Federer said that he isn’t interested in anything right now but concentrating on winning on the court. The official website for the ATP World Tour reported that Federer admitted to skipping out on a Beyonce concert and the Matilda musical this year.
“My friends, my family, everybody around me did all the Beyonce, Matilda, all the stuff I wanted to do, too, but just not right now. Right now, I have other goals than doing that stuff.”
Those goals include winning the Wimbledon tennis tournament for the eighth time. Only Rafael Nadal has won more tournaments at a single event, winning the French Open an impressive nine times. If Federer wins the Wimbledon tennis tournament title this year, it will be a record for that event. Right now, Roger is tied with Pete Sampras and William Renshaw with seven wins at the tournament.
Roger Federer had won the Wimbledon tennis tournament five times in a row from 2003 to 2007, and he won again in 2009 and 2012. When Roger reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon this year, it marked his record 48th quarterfinal at a Grand Slam event. In the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, Federer has reached the finals 27 times, winning 17 titles.
On top of his seven Wimbledon tennis titles, Roger has also won the Australian Open four times, the French Open four times, and the U.S. Open twice. Those 17 Grand Slam title wins is the most by any male tennis player in history. Pete Sampras and Rafael Nadal are in second place with 14 wins in the modern era.
With so many Grand Slam titles, one might think that Roger Federer could relax a little during this year’s Wimbledon tennis tournament, but that is not what made Federer a great champion all these years. Federer is 12-0 this year so far in sets and is playing stronger than ever. He said that he is confident, and at the age of 34, he might be getting near the end of his amazing career, so he wants to make sure that he remains strong.
Roger Federer has a lot of distractions off the Wimbledon tennis court. Beyonce put on a big sold-out concert at Wembley Stadium this week with her Formation Tour. On top of that, Matilda the Musical is in London right now as the Tony Award-winning musical continues to sell out as well. However, Roger has a lot of alternatives at home when it comes to entertainment.
“I’ve been tired. I’ve been resting, watching some football, playing with my kids in the yard, doing treatment, watching tennis. I think it’s important right now to be in that mindset.”
USA Today reported that Roger Federer made Wimbledon tennis history with his 306th win at a Grand Slam event, the most of any male in tennis history. Only Martina Navratilova has matched that number. Federer has a record of 306-50 at Grand Slam events while Navratilova finished her career with a record of 306-49. Federer just needs one more win to move into sole possession of first place regardless of gender.
That chance will come in the Wimbledon tennis tournament as Roger Federer faces Marin Cilic. Federer is the number three seed and Cilic actually beat him in the U.S. Open semifinals so that win is not assured. If Federer wins, he will be closer to his first major title in four years, and he isn’t letting Beyonce or Matilda stand in his way this year at the Wimbledon tennis tournament.
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