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Gunning for his seventh Wimbledon title, World No. 3 Roger Federer is right on the course to achieve his No. 1 ranking, which is well within his reach. If the Swiss legend manages to win this year’s Wimbledon title then he can certainly reclaim his numero-uno postion – provided Djokovic fails to reach the final. The way Federer has been playing at the moment, it seems that he is very much in the contention for the title with Djokovic and Nadal. The Swiss lost in the Halle final to Tommy Haas, but he did not allow that defeat to bother him much in the ongoing Championships tournament. In fact, Federer has been looking in his sublime form in this year’s third Major event. In his first two matches, Federer earned easy victories over Ramos and Fognini respectively. And, now he will take on World No. 32 Julien Benneteau of France for a place in the last 32 at Wimbledon.
Julien Benneteau also made a fine start to his Wimbledon campaign as he beat Gilles Muller in straight sets in the opener, but then faced a stiff challenge from Michael Russell in the second-round. The Frenchman used all his experience to muster a four-setter victory against the American and set up this clash with the mighty Federer.
Federer is bidding for a seventeenth Grand Slam title and has a stellar 41-6 win-loss record for the season so far. Though, he is not at the top of the table in the Rankings, the Swiss has won four titles so far in this season. Federer has not been able to win a Grand Slam title in more than two years now, but it never appears that he cannot win at least a couple more. With the kind of form, he has been enjoying at the moment – the Swiss legend is right on the track to get his hold over the holy grail of tennis – at the All England Club this time.
Federer’s opponent Julien Benneteau is currently ranked as World No. 32 in the ATP Rankings. The Frenchman has an ordinary 16-12 win-loss record for the season so far. Though, he turned professional in 2000, the Frenchman is still chasing his maiden title on tour.
In head-to-head, Federer leads with 2-1. Last time they met in 2009 in Paris Masters, where the Frenchman rallied past Federer in three sets. Considering the present state of affairs, it seems that Federer would win this duel in straight sets.
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