Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 7/6/12

For the first time since early in 2010, a men’s Grand Slam trophy will be engraved with a name other than Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic, thanks to Roger Federer’s victory over the latter in the 2012 Wimbledon semifinals on Friday.  Djokovic and Nadal had combined to win the last nine major tournaments, going all the way back to the 2010 Australian Open, but Wimbledon 2012 shall feature a new champion.

While Nadal equaled his career-worst performance in a major with a shocking second-round exit, Roger Federer cruised to a four-set victory over Djokovic, knocking out the defending champion with relative ease.  Thanks to Nadal’s early departure, Federer will now be favored to take home his seventh Wimbledon title, which would tie Pete Sampras for the most of all time.

Even more surprising, however, is that Federer’s dominating victory will give him a chance to claim the world’s top ranking for the third time in his career, should he also win Sunday’s Wimbledon final against either Andy Murray or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.  Regardless of the result, Federer will leap over Nadal to the No. 2 spot, while a victory in the final would leave Federer barely behind Djokovic, and just one great tournament performance away from stealing the No. 1 ranking.  Federer would need to hold the position for just two weeks to break Pete Sampras’ career record of 286 weeks atop the rankings

Considering his recent struggles against Nadal and Djokovic and the steady Murray lurking behind him, many believed Federer would never again climb above his current ranking, let threaten the world’s top spot.  But with Friday’s impressive performance, the veteran star has made it clear he is still a force to be reckoned with.

Federer’s serve was on point from the start, as he finished the first set (6-3) in just 24 minutes after breaking Djokovic midway through.  Though Djokovic took the second set (6-3) with similar ease, the Swiss star broke him once again on a lengthy set point to steal the third 6-4.  Federer never looked back, breaking Djokovic for a 2-0 lead and holding serve through the remainder of the match.

Despite losses in the quarterfinals in each of the past two Wimbledons, there’s no doubt that Federer is still a menace on grass, having lost just five games to Mikhail Youzhny in the quarters and downing Djokovic in their first-ever clash on grass.  As he moves on to his record-breaking eight Wimbledon final, he may very well be on his way to equaling two more of Sampras’s storied records.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

John Wall warns Lonzo Ball about having target on his back

Eric Bledsoe raises suspicion with tweet

Browns select empty seat to win prize

Hue Jackson critical after DeShone Kizer stayed out late Friday

Carson Palmer to miss eight weeks with broken arm

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Mitchell Trubisky leads Bears to win despite completing just four passes

Red Sox confirm Alex Cora as new manager

Joe Thomas misses his first career snap after injuring arm

Dolphins fans cheer after Jay Cutler leaves with injury

Browns bench DeShone Kizer again, bring in Cody Kessler

Bills fans boo team off field after hatchet job to end half

Most prominent sports bans on the 5th anniversary of the Lance Armstrong ban

Sports & Politics Intersect: Cubs owner up for Heritage Foundation post

The 'Like Mike, only better' quiz

Three Up, Three Down: Dodgers finish Cubs while Astros find pain in the Bronx

The 'Some call me the Rocket, some people call me Maurice' quiz

Kyrie Irving must lead Celtics through a disaster in search for happiness

Jacoby Brissett: The forgotten up-and-comer

NFL Week 7 Predictions

The 'Can I have a quick sword with you?' quiz

College football 2017 Week 8 predictions

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: Austin Seferian-Jenkins drops a call

Blackhawks get extra depth on defense with newbies Rutta and Forsling

Tennis News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Most prominent sports bans on the 5th anniversary of the Lance Armstrong ban

Houston Astros hold off Yankees, forcing Game 7

Sports & Politics Intersect: Cubs owner up for Heritage Foundation post

The 'Like Mike, only better' quiz

Three Up, Three Down: Dodgers finish Cubs while Astros find pain in the Bronx

The 'Some call me the Rocket, some people call me Maurice' quiz

Kyrie Irving must lead Celtics through a disaster in search for happiness

Jacoby Brissett: The forgotten up-and-comer

NFL Week 7 Predictions

College football 2017 Week 8 predictions

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker