"Approach Shots" is Ricky's weekly look at what's ahead (or "approaching") on the ATP Tour. Every Sunday he'll preview all the tournaments scheduled for the upcoming week.
There will be a new champion at the All-England Club this year.
Well, maybe not. Rafael Nadal is unable to defend his 2008 Wimbledon title due to knee tendinitis, and his absence opens the door especially for Roger Federer.
Nobody is about to call Federer a "new" Wimbledon champion. He has won the thing five times and was just a couple of points away last summer from being the current six-time defending champion. With Nadal on the sideline and Federer sky high after winning his first French Open, the world No. 2 appears poised to take back the title (not to mention the No. 1 ranking).
Nadal's absence is without question a blow to both Wimbledon and tennis as a whole, but it also provides opportunities to not only Federer, but also every other player in the draw. With Federer back on track and Murray surging, the 2009 event is not entirely wide open, but it's close.
Who will take advantage?
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