‘Roger Federer will retire if he can’t reach a level to win a Major,’ states Corretja

With a Career Grand Slam, 20 Major titles and 365 victories at the most notable events, Roger Federer stands as one of the most decorated players in tennis history. Roger reached back-to-back Major quarter-finals at Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2001, just before turning 19, and stayed competitive for almost two decades. The Swiss advanced into the last four in Paris two years ago, followed by the Wimbledon final, where he wasted two match points against Novak Djokovic and the fact he was the better player in the more significant part of the encounter. At 38, Federer was the Australian Open semi-finalist at the beginning of 2020, winning two tight clashes before losing to Novak Djokovic in straight sets. As it turned out, it was Roger’s last Major match in almost 500 days, experiencing a knee injury and undergoing two surgeries in February and May.

Roger Federer will try to find the form at Wimbledon.

Eager to extend his career, Federer returned this March in Doha and entered Roland Garros to seek form ahead of the grass swing. The Swiss scored three triumphs in Paris before he withdrew to preserve energy for Halle and Wimbledon. In Halle, Federer lost in the second round to Felix Auger-Aliassime, with higher hopes at the All England Club, where he has claimed eight titles over the years. Former world no. 2 Alex Corretja believes that Roger is trying his best to reach his A-game and fight for the big titles again, although he understands it must be complicated after staying away from the court for 13 months. The Spaniard is assured that Roger will extend his career if he finds the correct form at Majors, but he also rules out the scenario of early exits and tough defeats, saying that Roger would retire to avoid those. 

“I was more worried about Roger’s body language a bit. He was, I think, inside himself. He’s the only one who knows how he feels; sometimes, it’s not about complaining. It’s like when you play, and you think inside, ‘this is not how I want to feel.’ I think Roger feels a bit that way right now. It’s not that his attitude was not good, but it showed a bit of worry on his face; you don’t see that often in Roger’s case. Is it going to be enough to be perfect for Wimbledon? He needs an excellent first week to get the rhythm he needs to become a contender in the second. If he gets the rhythm that he needs, he’s going to be very dangerous. Still, many players can hurt him right now, and that list was much shorter in the past. How difficult is it to come back at 39? Everything that comes for Roger from now on would be a gift, especially for people who love tennis. If Roger sees that he is ready to come back to his best level, he will continue. On the other hand, if he can’t reach the level good enough to fight for Majors, I don’t think he will continue,” Alex Corretja said.

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