When it comes to the Grand Slams, few men can attest to the phenomenal record that Swiss tennis icon Roger Federer has throughout his career.
Since 2005, he has reached the quarterfinals of every single Grand Slam; winning every single Major at least once in his career. His 17 Grand Slam crowns in total make him truly one of the most incredibly successful tennis players of the modern era.
So how will the Fed Express fare in the 2013 Grand Slams?
We've already seen him lose a thrilling five-set match to Andy Murray in the semifinals of the Australian Open, but how will he go in the other three? Read on for some bold predictions for the tennis icon throughout the remaining 2013 Grand Slams.
French Open, May 26-June 9
Federer has only won the French Open once before in his life, and many would argue that it only came about because of the fact that Rafael Nadal had been eliminated. Thus Roger didn't have to play him at all during the competition.
Yet whilst Rafa is the undisputed clay-court king, Federer can certainly match it with the former World No. 1 on his least-favorite surface—especially in this year's competition, where Nadal's injury concerns will no doubt still be on his mind.
In fact, we don't quite yet know just how healthy or injured the Spaniard will be, which will no doubt impact on how Federer fares in this tournament.
Andy Murray isn't the greatest on clay courts, though his speed and athleticism does suit the surface. Novak Djokovic will be the other real test for Federer, with his sliding backhand in particular is a real weapon he can utilize here against the Swiss international.
Guys like David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro can challenge, but you'd expect Federer to get through those guys in a tough four or five-set encounter.
The biggest threats are Nadal or Djokovic, and if he coms up against either of those guys in this year's tournament, he can expect to bow out in the semis once more.
Predicted finish: Semifinal loss to Nadal.
Wimbledon, June 24-July 7
Federer will be gunning for a record eighth Wimbledon title when he takes to the courts of England once more, with his reputation as the greatest Wimbledon player of all time firmly in his grasp.
Federer triumphed over national hopeful Andy Murray there last year, and it will be fascinating to see whether Federer can get through on the grass surface.
Djokovic and Nadal certainly both come back into play again here, as does Murray, but the quicker nature of the grass also brings guys like Tomas Berdych, John Isner and perhaps even Milos Raonic back into the fray also.
Not necessarily for the championship, but you'd have to think they could certainly factor in a potential upset of a bigger-name player like Federer or Djokovic.
Regardless, Djokovic will most likely enter as favorite for this tournament, and then probably Federer—depending on Nadal's French Open and how his injury status is—as well as how Murray pulls up after the French Open as well.
And whilst he might not get all the way back, expect Federer to at least reach the final of his favorite Grand Slam—beating Djokovic in the semifinals—yet falling to the Spaniard once again in the final.
Predicted finish: Final loss to Nadal.
U.S. Open, August 26-September 9
The final Grand Slam of the year sees Federer back to a venue that he is have decreasing performances at, having not reached the final of the tournament since 2008.
His last four appearances have been a final, two semifinals and a quarterfinal exit—all of which he'll be looking to improve upon here at Flushing Meadows.
Last year's champion, Andy Murray, will be a tough guy to break down on the hard court of the U.S. Open, with his blistering speed continuing to keep him in points that he would otherwise have been quickly eliminated from. Expect him to challenge here, and it's hard to rule out Djokovic and Nadal from being competitive at Flushing Meadows also.
I'd say the Fed Express makes his way back to the final of the U.S. Open this year, and perhaps even takes an early lead over Djokovic. But given the class of the Serbian and the way he has been playing tennis in the past few seasons, it would take a brave man to suggest that he won't come through with another U.S. Open title—at the expense of Federer.
Predicted finish: Final loss to Djokovic.
What do you think of the Fed Express' chances in 2013?
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