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Couch: Wimbledon Is Federer’s Last Chance For A Major

This is it for Roger Federer. Last call. Wimbledon starts today, Federer’s tournament. And at 39, coming off two knee surgeries, and two years since he was relevant — as opposed to ceremonial — he has thrown everything toward this year’s tournament. He aimed for it, he trained for it, he rehabbed for it. He even treated the French Open, a major, as practice for it. And now the draw has lined up for him, as he’s on the opposite side of Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal has decided not to play at all. The truth about Federer goes unspoken in tennis circles because it’s hard to see him this way. Everyone has known this day was coming, but no one was accepting that it would ever actually be here. It is unlikely that Federer will ever win another major tennis championship. But if he does have one last chance, then this is it. This is the one. He starts Tuesday against Adrian Mannarino. “I know if I get rolling, I get into the second week, which is the goal here right now, that I get stronger and stronger as every match goes by,’’ Federer said in a pre-tournament press […]

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Written by Greg Couch

Greg earned the 2007 Peter Lisagor Award as the best sports columnist in the Chicagoland area for his work with the Chicago Sun-Times, where he started as a college football writer in 1997 before becoming a general columnist in 2003. He also won a Lisagor in 2016 for his commentary in RollingStone.com and The Guardian.

Couch penned articles and columns for CNN.com/Bleacher Report, AOL Fanhouse, and The Sporting News and contributed as a writer and on-air analyst for FoxSports.com and Fox Sports 1 TV. In his journalistic roles, Couch has covered the grandest stages of tennis from Wimbledon to the Olympics, among numerous national and international sporting spectacles. He also won first place awards from the U.S. Tennis Writers Association for his event coverage and column writing on the sport in 2010.