Roger Federer will return to his home country looking to boost his chances to make the World Tour Finals in a few weeks at the O2 Arena in London. Looking to win his second title of the year, coming back to a tournament he so dearly loves and has had great success at, with 5 titles and 2 finals since 2006.
He will start his road to the title against Adrian Mannarino, who he took out in straight sets in the 3rd round of the US Open. In the second round he will face Denis Istomin or Horacio Zeballos, and in the quarters, he could have a much anticipated match with Grigor Dimitrov, who won his maiden title in Stockholm against David Ferrer in a big upset. Should he get by all those matches, which as we know this year is no guarantee, he'll likely play Tomas Berdych in the semis and Juan Martin del Potro in the final.
Given what has happened this year, all you can do as a fan now is take it one match at a time, as hard as that is. However, this tournament is very important for Roger not only to make the World Tour Finals, but also to see what his form is like against the top 10, where he could play Berdych, who is a tough opponent for him. Even if he was to make the semis and lose to Berdych, I think it's crucial that he finds out how his game holds up right now in a big match against a player that is expected to beat him right now. He raised his level against Nadal in Cincinnati and he'd need to have a similar performance against the Czech to make the final.
But first things first, one match at a time. Right now Mannarino is the entire focus and then we go from there.
Hoping for a good tournament for Roger and a happy ending. Home sweet home!