‘Roger Federer turns 40, his focus is on Major tournaments,’ says Patrick Mouratoglou

Roger Federer turns 40 in August, and he is still ranked inside the top-10 despite playing only three tournaments since the start of 2020. The Swiss reached the Australian Open semi-final in January last year before undergoing knee surgery a few weeks later. The pain was still there a couple of months later, and the Swiss had to undergo another surgery in May, skipping the rest of the season and throwing everything at 2021. The 20-time Major winner returned to the court two months ago in Doha, playing two matches and taking more time off before competing in Geneva last week. Roger played well against Pablo Andujar and led 4-2 in the decider before dropping the last four games to hit the exit door. Federer will compete at Roland Garros, Halle and Wimbledon in the upcoming weeks, hoping to return at his best by his beloved grass and chase a Major trophy at the All England Club. Patrick Mouratoglou stated that Roger is focused on Major tournaments at this part of his career and after such a long break, hoping to add at least one by the end of his career and stay in touch with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

Patrick Mouratoglou believes that Roger Federer will throw everything at Majors. 

“The Next Generation has not taken over yet, in my opinion, despite many people saying that they have. Rafa and Novak are still at the top of the game. Very clearly, Novak is less interested in tournaments outside Majors, and his results show that. Still, when he comes to Majors, he is always at the top of his game; and we can tell the same for Rafa. For the moment, we can’t say that the youngsters are taking over. They’re getting closer and closer, that’s for sure. I think that Novak feels that the guys are getting closer and closer, and it’s probably stressful for him. Is the margin as big as before? Definitely not.

The margin is getting smaller and smaller, but I want to see a new generation guy win a Major over Rafa and Novak, which still hasn’t happened yet. Rafa knows that he has to win other tournaments to be competitive at Majors; it’s always been his pattern. Roger has had a long injury that lasted much longer than we expected. Roger knows that he turns 40 this year. He can’t do anything else but focus on Majors, building his schedule around those to stand a chance. Every year when I’m asked about Roland Garros, I give the same answer. I say that the only thing we don’t know when Roland Garros starts is who Rafa will beat in the final. That’s the only question, as we know other answers,” Patrick Mouratoglou said.

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