How Roger Federer has become even more dominant

How Roger Federer has become even more dominant

Roger Federer turned the tables on the man who defeated him at last year's Wimbledon to find himself the overwhelming favorite now to win the 2017 title.

At the end of his news conference, speaking in Serbian and translated through an interpreter, Djokovic alluded to the possibility that he could take a long break. Roger has been the best player this year hands down. Murray lost in five sets to Sam Querrey, and Djokovic retired early in the second set against Tomas Berdych.

Djokovic and Berdych appeared to be on their way to an instant classic for the majority of the first set, as there was very little separating the two.

The contrast between Federer and Murray and Djokovic on Wednesday was impossible to ignore. It's big for him to step out on court and give it a go, even though maybe knowing, like me past year, the chances are slim he was going to defend this title.

Dimitrov, the 15th seed made the semi-finals of the Australian Open earlier this year and lasted nearly five hours against Rafael Nadal, so for Federer to serve at a high percentage, win a majority of net points and blast Dimitrov off the court is impressive to say the least. He then chose to sit out the clay-court season while his peers grinded on from mid-April through June.

"I think it's just really about taking it one step at a time", Raonic said on facing Federer right after his come-from-behind win over the talented Zverev. I just hope that he comes out on the other side now not having to miss much later on. I think that's the difference.

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"I feel like I'm rested enough".

"Physically I'm not fighting anything like past year with my knee". I'm ready to go this afternoon if I have to, which is great, but I don't have to. "Confidence is a huge thing".

A day before the highly-anticipated rematch, Raonic admitted that last year's victory is distant memory.

"I went there, and I was doing fitness with my fitness coach, and after like 10 minutes, I looked at him and said, 'I don't know what we're doing in Paris".

"I think the most significant thing is he's mentally sharper and I think he's moving better", Raonic added. "He kept a very high gear the whole entire time without giving many real glimpses". Andy Murray, the co-favourite to prevail on Sunday, would collide with American Sam Querrey in the first Round of 8 match of the day.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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