Roddick: “For Roger Federer, Roland Garros important before Wimbledon”

After a year of inactivity, former ATP number one Roger Federer came back to play an ATP Tour event last March, when he lost in the quarter-finals of the ExxonMobil Open in Doha to Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili in the third set.

The 39-year-old from Basel is expected to make his new return to the Tour in a few weeks at the home ATP 250 in Geneva, an event he has never attended. Subsequently, Roger plans to play at Roland Garros in Paris, where he was able to reach the semifinal in 2019 (defeated by Rafael Nadal).

Roddick talks about the clay season

Former world number one and champion at the 2003 US Open, American Andy Roddick took on Federer 24 times, winning on three occasions (including the last, which took place in Miami nine years ago).

In an interview also published by the EssentiallySports website, the American talked about of the fundamental importance for Roger to remain in excellent physical condition, especially playing the French Open before Wimbledon.

He said: “If he is not completely fit, he would like to say that he could say goodbye to Roland Garros. It is not like him to participate in a tournament without being physically ready.”

Roddick then underlined the relevance for Federer of the games played directly on the Tour, the only thing that could really allow him to return to the highest levels: “It’s something completely different. Playing a couple of sets in training and then going to your own athletic trainer is completely different from the real value of the matches.”

The American concluded by citing the Geneva and Roland Garros tournaments, which could be fundamental in view of the grass season: “They will form the basis for the path that Roger wants to take at Wimbledon. It is by far the best attempt he can make to try to win another Grand Slam title at this point in his career.”

Federer defeated Roddick in the incredible 2009 Wimbledon final, which ended with a score of 16-14 in the fifth set.

Leave a Reply