Federer feels it’s possible to win calendar Grand Slam

January 16th, 2009 - 10:34 pm ICT by IANS  

Roger FedererSydney, Jan 16 (IANS) World no.2 Roger Federer feels it is possible for the present crop of tennis players to win all the four Grand Slams in a calendar year.Federer said the similarity in the surfaces used in the four Grand Slams today has made it increasingly possible to match Australian great Rod Laver’s 40-year-old record.

“I think it’s possible still, to be quite honest, because conditions have slowed down,” said the Swiss champion, whose inability to conquer the French Open has kept him away from achieving the calendar Grand Slam.

“I don’t think Wimbledon is terribly fast any more, and the US Open and Australian Open feel pretty similar. If you’re on top of things, they can fall your way.”

“Before, the grass and clay was too one-sided. You had basically the clay players and the grass players,” he was quoted as saying in Sydney Morning Herald.

In 1969, Laver became the most recent man to win the Australian, French and US Opens and Wimbledon in one year - seven years after he first achieved it.

While Federer said the difference between the playing surfaces was now becoming less distinct, he believed the calendar grand slam mission had been made tougher in the past by the vast difference between the way the game was played on grass and clay and the specialists that produced.

“For a while, I guess, they were taking the rankings on … 14 tournaments, so you would only play on your favourite surface,” he said.

“It was tough to win the big one not on your favourite surface. I guess that’s why you couldn’t do it for a number of years.

“I have come close to it a few times, but you always have somebody who is really in great shape on one particular surface, and to beat that guy plus another six guys is a tough thing to do, and that’s what I ran into with Rafa [Nadal] on clay.”

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