‘I think Roger Federer’s situation is way different from…’, says top coach

Roger Federer’s return to clay did not go according to expectations, on the contrary it further fueled doubts about the Basel legend. The former world number 1 in fact surrendered in three sets to the not irresistible Spaniard Pablo Andujar in Geneva, badly wasting a break advantage in the decisive set. The 20-time Grand Slam champion seemed physically more toned than the two matches he played in Doha, but his tennis struggled more than expected to get back to full capacity. Poor performance with the forehand, which cost him a lot of easy points in last Tuesday’s game. In a long interview granted to the New York Times, his former coach Paul Annacone expressed his opinion on the current situation of King Roger. Fans are hoping for an exploit similar to the one that occurred in 2017, when the Swiss was able to win two Grand Slams despite a six-month break the previous year. The Maestro also completed the ‘Sunshine Double’, winning the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Miami thanks to an exceptional performance.

Paul Annacone on Roger Federer

“I think this is way different from four years ago, and 35 is way different than closing in on 40,” Paul Annacone said. Roger Federer will play Roland Garros next, but he will go into the claycourt Slam with only one match under his belt on the surface. Federer recently revealed that he is playing in Paris mainly to prepare for Wimbledon, and he has also confirmed his participation in the grasscourt event at Halle. “I think Paris is going to be really challenging for him,” Annacone said. “But if the body sustains itself and maintains good health and he gets enough reps, Roger’s not going to go into the grass season not thinking he can win Wimbledon. He’ll say all the right stuff, but in his heart of hearts, he knows he can win that tournament.” Roger Federer and Serna Williams are the two pillars on which the sport stands in the modern era. Having won a combined of 43 Grand Slam titles, the two have dominated tennis in the last two decades. However, the two are 39-years-old right now and in a situation like this, it is tough for both of them to compete with the players who are almost half of their ages. Roger Federer hasn’t performed well on clay in the recent past. He recently returned on the tour and lost to Pablo Andujar in the second round of the ATP 250 Geneva Open 2021. Playing for the first time on clay since the French Open 2019, this was surely not the ideal start for Federer ahead of the French Open 2021.

 

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