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Roger Federer isn’t quite done making fondue yet.

The Swiss master was able to secure one more fancy silver cup to serve delicious warm liquid cheese from the All England Lawn Tennis Club in 2012.

It had been more than a two year wait between major wins for Federer, a period that saw Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal account for all nine Grand Slams.

Luckily for Federer, he was pitted against a lesser opponent in the final at Wimbledon, a Scotsman who has become the perennial punching bag of the world’s top three players.

This Scottish chap has been waiting seven years to win a Grand Slam, and the All England Club have been waiting 76 years to award the winner’s cup to a local gentlemen.

Even though a Scot isn’t an Englishman, it seems close enough is good enough for the local faithful and for once it seemed the event organizers were doing as much as possible to stop the drought.

Firstly, at the earliest convenience they somehow had Nadal eliminated to help clear up the Scot’s side of the draw, simple.

Things got fishier when Ivo Karlovic said he felt cheated by the way he was called for 11 foot faults during a close loss to the Scot in the second round.

"It was never called when it was like 30-Love or 40-Love,” he explained.

"It was always when it was 30-All or in a tiebreak, then I stand a little bit back but they still called, so it was outrageous. I mean, this is BS. I feel cheated.”

"The whole credibility of this tournament went down for me. I’m angry about it, a little bit pissed, because I don’t expect it here. Even though it is against an English guy who they always want to win."

"In my whole life, ever since I was eight years old, I didn’t do this many foot faults.”

Then the rules actually did start to bend for the Scot, as he was given the privilege of being allowed to play past curfew when he was ahead in his third round match against Marcos Baghdatis.

The Scot did himself no favors when he compared himself to LeBron James following his Quarter-Final victory over David Ferrer.

"There were a lot of people who said LeBron would never win, that he never played his best in finals and that in the fourth quarter of games, he never stepped up,” he said.

"Then you see how he played the whole of the Finals, the whole of the play-offs. Sometimes it takes some guys a bit longer than others. I’ve been close a lot of times and not quite made it. I have to keep putting myself in the position and hopefully it will click."

Much like in the Australian Open, the Scot put himself in the right position at Wimbledon but lacked the tactical intelligence to win the final.

Federer is really, really, really old and the young chap from Dunblane neglected to exploit the old man’s frail legs, instead he was coaxed into frantically scrambling after the ball and even sometimes tumbling over in his attempts to chase it down.

Regardless of his strategy, an improbable breakthrough win wasn’t going to happen on Federer’s Rolex on this occasion, not with a seventh fondue server up for grabs.

Since the Scot is such a huge NBA fan, perhaps he should team up with Steve Nash in the doubles for his best chance to win a Grand Slam.

9 Julio 2012

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