Roger Federer will arrive at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships in far better form than last season, and will look to campaign for a record eighth title at the prestigious event after suffering a surprising exit at last year’s tournament. His first opponent is Paolo Lorenzi, whom he has never met on the professional tour.
Federer, who exited the French Open in the fourth round for the first time in over a decade, weathered the storm is some particularly tough opening round matches a couple of weeks ago to win his second title of the season on Sunday afternoon at the Gerry Weber Open. The Swiss No. 2 defeated Alejandro Falla to capture his seventh title at the event, and his 79th tour title overall.
Not only has Federer won seven titles in Halle, he has also won an identical amount at the Wimbledon Championships, which is why he sees this tournament as vital for his preparation.
“In the past, when I have played well at Halle I have usually played well at Wimbledon,” said Federer. “They have been two of my most successful tournaments, so I hope that this title will bring me luck again. Last year it didn’t work out, but it did many times before. So I hope it will be back to the good old days.”
World No. 81 Paolo Lorenzi, who is 6-7 so far this season, began his grass court run at Queen’s Club, where he lost to Vasek Pospisil in the opening round of the tournament. He headed to the TopShelf Open, where he also started his event with an opening round loss to Joao Sousa. He will now arrive at the Wimbledon Championships, where he will be forced to contest an opener against a former seven-time champion at the event.
This is the first time that Roger Federer and Paolo Lorenzi cross paths on the ATP World Tour and is unlikely to raise any sort of alarms or upset alerts. Federer appears to be at home when he plays on Center Court and his first match there in 2014 should prove no differently.
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