Roger Federer will go on the hunt for his ninth title at Wimbledon 2021 starting Monday, so as to avenge even the sensational mockery he suffered in the 2019 final. matches and trust. The former world number 1 has in fact only played eight matches in 2021, losing three.
The draw didn't have too many pitfalls for him in the early rounds, although a lot will depend on the form of the 20-time Grand Slam champion. His first round match is scheduled for Tuesday against the French Adrian Mannarino.
The 39-years-old from Basel gave no comforting signals in Halle ten days ago, having already left the scene in the second round at the hands of Felix Auger-Aliassime. In the traditional press conference that precedes the tournament, King Roger spoke on a wide range of topics.
The Swiss underlined how his Championships result will influence his decisions for the rest of the season. Federer said: "Together with my team, we have decided to assess the situation after Wimbledon. It would be useless to deny that my performance here will have an impact on the rest of the season.
Depending on whether I play very well or very badly here in London, we will see what to do in the rest of the summer" - he added. The battle against Father Tempo is getting tougher for Federer: “The goal had never been to play until he was 40.
This prospect has come forward only in recent times. I never thought that, after two knee surgeries, I would be back on the field again. I feel like I still really like playing tennis, I enjoy it. I'll see if the results come back too.
That's why Wimbledon takes on an important value for me at this stage."
Toni Nadal and his doubts about Roger Federer
Roger Federer made his come back to the ATP Tour in March by participating in the Doha tournament, where he reached the quarter-finals by relinquishing a comeback to Nikoloz Basilashvili.
After a further training block in Dubai, the Swiss phenomenon traveled to Geneva to start the clay court season. His run, however, came to an abrupt halt on his debut at the hands of Pablo Andujar. Contrary to expectations on the eve, the former world number 1 flew to Paris for Roland Garros, in what represented his first major since the Australian Open 2020.
His ride into the French capital was more than dignified, as King Roger hit the round of 16 before announcing a precautionary retirement. The strides shown at the French Open were almost wiped out by the premature defeat in Halle, a tournament in which Federer had triumphed ten times.
The 39-year-old from Basel left the scene in the second round at the hands of Felix Auger-Aliassime, as well as having missed the appointment with the quarters for the first time since 2001. In a recent interview granted to MARCA, Toni Nadal made the point on the state of form of the Maestro on the eve of Wimbledon.
Toni Nadal said: "As is normal, it is not easy for a player of his age to play a series of games in the best of five sets. Roger Federer has enough qualities to beat anyone, but I don't know if he is still capable of playing more intense matches for two weeks .
On the other hand, with Roger you can always expect anything. He has proven this several times throughout his career. This time I have some more doubts. I saw him play in Halle against Felix and in the third set his difficulties were evident."
Federer's Wimbledon debut is scheduled for Tuesday against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino. Following would be Richard Gasquet or the Japanese Sugita.