‘We are still so preoccupied with legends like Roger Federer’, says former star

When he arrived at Wimbledon there were so many doubts about Roger Federer’s condition. The twenty-time winner of Grand Slam tournaments was fresh from the defeat of Halle against Auger and a condition appeared quite precarious, in the first round of the London tournament he struggled a lot and reached the fifth set against the French Adrien Mannarino, then taking advantage of the retirement for injury of the opponent. Roger’s performances were not convincing but his fans and all tennis fans found new glimpses in the victories against Richard Gasquet and Cameron Norrie, victories fairly smoothly and which showed the Swiss in a better condition. As many said, for Roger Federer it is important to play more games and become familiar and today the Swiss will have a very insidious test bench in the Round of 16 against the Italian player, who recently appeared in quite good shape, Lorenzo Sonego. From Wimbledon to the Pandemic, the Swiss champion dealt with many topics and made the following statements: “Before coming to Wimbledon I had many doubts and many questions, I was not playing well and I was disappointed with my game. But I tried to stay mentally positive and now I feel better. I suffered against Mannarino but that match helped me in subsequent matches, I feel good on the pitch and I have inner peace, this is important. My last few sets have been very positive, it’s important to have played at this level after the initial uncertainties and I’m also quite surprised. Against Gasquet I managed to be very aggressive even if I made too many mistakes in the first set, but then I had control of the game, just like against Norrie. I want to be competitive also in the second week of Wimbledon. Covid and injuries? I always thought positive and for me it was all about being healthy, but it is obvious that after the operations I thought if it was worth it I was worth playing again.”

Becker talks about Roger Federer

Boris Becker recently claimed that Novak Djokovic winning Wimbledon is not a foregone conclusion, as some of the other players left in the field could challenge the Serb. Novak Djokovic is bidding to win his 20th Major at the Championships this year, which would see him draw level with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s joint record tally. A title at SW19 would also see Djokovic move one step closer to the Calendar Golden Grand Slam. “Novak WON’T walk it,” Becker said. “Some of the men left in the draw are being underestimated, and Novak Djokovic has another opponent that should not be discounted — history. The nearer he (Novak Djokovic) gets to the final and a possible 20th Grand Slam title, the more this pressure will build and the more he will be reminded of it. I also think we are still so preoccupied with legends like Roger Federer and Andy Murray that we sometimes overlook some of the other men, who in the coming years are going to be Grand Slam champions,” Boris Becker said.

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