After two years of absence, Roger Federer came back on the court on the clay-court, even if the result did not reflect the expectations. The twenty-time winner of Grand Slam tournaments lost in his first match against the Spanish tennis player Pablo Andujar, an opponent not irresistible but who has shown how the condition of the Swiss is anything but simple.
From the words of the Swiss in the post-match conference and from the words of one of the people closest to him, his former coach Paul Annacone, we can deduce the situation of the Swiss. It is strange to see Roger Federer without particular expectations, but at the age of 40 this thing appears more normal.
Here are his words: "I cannot set my goal in becoming champion in Paris at Roland Garros 2021 because I know I will not succeed. Anyone who thought that I would return immediately to the field and win Roland Garros was very wrong.
Several things have happened in the history of tennis, but I don't seem to remember a tennis player who returns at 40 after a year and a half of absence and returns to victory. In the end I just want to play as many matches as possible to get to Wimbledon in good condition.
" Federer's words were reinforced by Paul Annacone, interviewed on the microphones of the New York Times. Here are his statements: "It's really different to come back from an injury at 40 compared to 2017 when Roger was 35.
Going to Paris is a big challenge for him, but if he shows he is in good condition, I think he can fight for the victory at Wimbledon. Deep in his heart he knows he can do this, but my only question is whether he will be able to maintain the best condition for an entire tournament.
Players like Roger Federer have a special aura and it takes very little to make a difference." Roger Federer will turn 40 in August and is now getting closer and closer to playing the last cards of a glorious career with Wimbledon and the Olympic Games which represent the its latest goals.
Roger Federer and Serena Williams will play Wimbledon 2021
Compared to previous years, the pandemic has brought about several changes, tennis players will not be able to rent the typical private houses near the tournament, but they will all have to stay in the official hotel.
The Entry List of Wimbledon 2021 includes all the top 10 in the world with Roger Federer starting from number 8, just ahead of the blue tennis player Matteo Berrettini. To decipher the situation relating to the top positions with Novak Djokovic currently ahead of the Russian Daniil Medvedev and with the king of clay and twenty-time Grand Slam title winner Rafael Nadal in third position.
In the male Entry List, made up of 104 athletes, there are 9 Italians. Guide Matteo Berrettini to number 9, immediately followed by the young blue talent Jannik Sinner who will be seeded and who for the first time will tread the green fields of Wimbledon.
Then there are Lorenzo Sonego and Fabio Fognini, Stefano Travaglia, Salvatore Caruso, Gianluca Mager, Lorenzo Musetti and Andreas Seppi complete the list. In the women's draw stands out the presence of Serena Williams, among the favorites and with all the fans curious to understand if the American will win the 24th career Grand Slam title, thus reaching the record of Billie Jean King.
In addition also Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep, pay attention on this surface also to Aryna Sabalenka, Karolina Pliskova and the American Jennifer Brady. The clay court season is not over and we could say that its main tournament is missing, which will start next week but the men's and women's Entry List of the 2021 edition of the Wimbledon tournament, the third Slam of the year, has been published in the last few hours.
. There is great anticipation for this tournament, especially this year, given that last year Wimbledon was canceled due to the Pandemic and also because this could be the last time to see Roger Federer at work at Wimbledon.
The Swiss tennis player, on the threshold of 40 years, dreams of the great enterprise, but with the passing of months (and years) this appears increasingly difficult. Compared to Roland Garros it seems that everyone will be there at Wimbledon and we will see the return to the circuit of both Nick Kyrgios (absent in Paris) and the Swiss Stan Wawrinka.