‘Roger Federer looked a lot more…’, says former Top 5

On August 8th he will turn 40 and the Swiss champion Roger Federer continues to amaze and set records. The Swiss tennis player is the oldest athlete in history to enter the top 8 of Wimbledon in the Open era and has won his 105th victory on London grass. In the next round Federer will face the winner between Hubert Hurkacz and Daniil Medvedev, a match postponed to today due to rain and which restarted from two sets to one for the number two in the world. At the press conference, the Swiss champion dealt with many issues and appeared satisfied to have probably reached his minimum goal in Wimbledon. Here are Federer’s statements at the conference: “It’s nice to see how the work I did to recover from the knee injury paid off and I am now able to play at the best of five sets. It is not the same to play five days in a row best of three rather than playing every two but best of five. These are questions that one does not even ask when he is young but in my case it was a big question mark since I played Roland Garros, Halle and Wimbledon in just one month. It is very gratifying to be able to do it, we will now see how much fuel I have in the tank, it was important to win in three sets but now I have to look ahead and think about the next round. With the roof closed the conditions suddenly changed, there was a lot more wind and humidity and the course became more slippery. Compared to Mannarino, Lorenzo Sonego had more difficulties in serving and also at the beginning of the tournament I was not doing so in the service and certainly I was playing less prime and aces. Since that day I have learned a lot and I feel I have progressed, I am confident and it is incredible to see all this audience, I sometimes think back to Paris where there was the day session and there were only five people. The difference is immense. I often thought about what it means to win matches at Wimbledon without an audience and it certainly wouldn’t have been. We are happy to have you again and I hope it continues like this.”

Federer’s performances have improved since the first-round

Tim Henman believes that while¬†Roger Federer’s performances have improved since his first-round win over Adrian Mannarino, the Swiss still remains a shadow of his former all-conquering self. “Federer has moved in the right direction but I still think there needs to be a lot of improvement in his game if he’s going to progress,”¬†Henman said on BBC. “Against Mannarino and Norrie, they were two lefties and they were awkward. I thought his level of play was pretty average from what we’ve come to expect. But in the context of the last 18 months where he’s played so little tennis and then against Gasquet in the middle, that’s when he looked a lot more comfortable,” Henman added. “But there’s no doubt that he’s got to keep improving his form.”

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