McEnroe picks Federer to make it 7 Wimbledon titles

John McEnroe believes that Roger Federer will draw level with Pete Sampras on seven Wimbledon titles by winning The Championships at the All England Club.

McEnroe says that the grass of SW19 is Federer’s best chance of adding to his record haul of 16 Grand Slam titles.

“I'm picking him Federer to win this year at Wimbledon,” said McEnroe, in a conference call to launch ESPN’s coverage of The Championships.

“Even though it looks like the gap has grown between the other two (Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal) and him, to me Wimbledon is Federer’s best chance to win another major.  He seems to still want it as much as he ever has.  He’s a lot better athlete than he's given credit for.  His movement has allowed him to remain incredibly healthy for the most part - I think this is going to be his 52nd straight major.  He's been to 32 straight quarters or better.  His record speaks for itself. I think he's got a great chance this year. Certainly at Wimbledon he has a shot the next couple years to me.”

Federer’s most recent Wimbledon title came in 2009 when he defeated Andy Roddick 16-14 in the final set, and McEnroe feels that the two things he needs to do more this year are to attack the net, and use the energy of the crowd.

“People are pulling for him, so he should use the crowd to his favor,” said McEnroe. “I'd be interested to see if he does any of that because he doesn't show much on the court.  It seems like he's losing out on something that could help him maybe against these other two guys (Djokovic and Nadal).”

McEnroe will commentate for both ESPN and BBC television at Wimbledon, as well as hosting a radio phone-in show, ‘Six-Love-Six’ on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Date: 23.06.2012, Source: ATP


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