Roger Federer's performance has been quite mixed since his return to the circuit last March. The Swiss champion's best results this year came in the Grand Slams, as the King hit the round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
The Championships were the great goal of his season, in which he cherished the hope of redeeming the atrocious mockery of 2019 and putting his 21st Major on the board. The former world number 1 was the author of a good ride in London, but could do nothing against an excellent Hubert Hurkacz on Center Court.
The 39-year-old from Basel ran into an extremely bad day against the Pole, having even picked up a bagel in the third set. A few days later, news broke that Federer was not taking part in the Tokyo Olympic Games. Speaking on Eurosport, three-time Roland Garros champion Mats Wilander analyzed the prospects of the 20-time Grand Slam champion at this stage of his career.
Wilander opens up on Roger Federer
"Yeah (I was in heaven watching Roger Federer)," Mats Wilander said. "I mean he's so graceful, it really looked like he hasn't been away at all first of all. But he's so graceful, everything he does - drop shots, the sliced backhands, the serve and volley - every single shot he hits makes me awkward, like an awful tennis player."
Wilander believes Roger Federer's best attribute is his ability to play within his limits. "It seems that he does not sweat, he never gives the feeling of getting tired," added Wilander. "It is his best characteristic at the moment, at 39 years old.
The key is that he perfectly masters the selection of his shots: he knows when he has to give everything and when he has to recover. He can win a game in less than a minute. If he doesn't have major physical problems, he can play three or four more years.
I see him move and move like seven years ago; I do not notice much difference compared to today," he added. "We would have to see what happens against very powerful players, like Sinner or Rublev." More recently, pictures of the Swiss legend's vacation in Croatia emerged on Twitter.
In the pictures, the Swiss is seen sporting a graphic white t-shirt displaying a promenade next to the sea. Federer paired the t-shirt with blue swim shorts with a rather gaudy pattern. Roger Federer's wife Mirka is pictured wearing a long green skirt. She was also seen applying some lotion on Federer's back while their kids looked on.