Rod Laver: Roger Federer is playing the best tennis of his life!
Tennis: The Australian great spoke about Federer’s performances
Australian legend Rod Laver says Roger Federer is playing the best tennis of his life, and has made a huge call about his French Open hopes. 35-year-old Federer is off to a red-hot 19-1 start in 2017, winning the Australian Open, Indian Wells and Miami Open titles.
He has won 11 consecutive matches as he now considers how much he will play in the clay season. But Laver feels the Swiss is playing the best tennis of his career.
“He was playing like this 10 or 15 years ago, but his timing is perfect at this juncture,” Laver said. “He used to miss-hit a lot of balls at varying times, with chances to break serve. In the Miami final, I think he miss hit one ball, a forehand that went out about 5 or 10 feet. It's uncanny.”
Federer recently admitted he might skip the French Open altogether, but Laver reckons we will see him at Roland Garros. “It's pretty amazing, the 'What will I do?'” said Laver. “He's playing so well at the moment.”
“I might venture he's playing the best tennis of his life. You'd like to be a fly on the wall as he thinks about all of this.”
Laver said the lure of potentially completing a calendar grand slam would be a huge factor weighing on Federer's mind. “My gut feeling is that he will play the French,” Laver said.
“It's a double-edged sword almost. Are you going to wreck your chance at Wimbledon? If you get rainy weather, it's pretty damn difficult on that clay. You get a sore arm because of it. So you've got to look at everything.”
"The first thing about a Grand Slam is, injuries. You can't have a cold, you can't have the flu, you can't have anything for six and a half months. You have to pace yourself. But he's in great shape right now."
As far as whether or not Federer can win the French Open, Laver has little doubt. “The way he's playing, it isn't a far-reaching situation for him to win the French.”