During a meeting of Uniqlo ambassadors, Roger Federer joined wheelchair tennis professionals Shingo Kunieda and Gordon Reid to discuss various aspects of the sport, mainly revealing what the biggest challenge will be in the coming times.
“I don't see a revolution per se. I think the players will get fitter and stronger,” said Federer. “And thanks to that, they can maintain their level of play for longer. For us, I think the key will be how to stay injury-free for a long period of time, which will be the challenge."
Additionally, the 20-time Grand Slam champion shared how science will benefit tennis professionals who come of age. In the end, he realized the many similarities between tennis and wheelchair tennis. “But, I think with sports science and things like this, a lot of guys will find good ways.
It is interesting to see how many similarities we really have (tennis and wheelchair tennis)”, concluded the Swiss.
Federer is currently not in the best of his form
In a recent interview to Corriera della Sera, World No.8 Matteo Berrettini revealed his rankings for the ‘Big Three’.
Interestingly, he also disclosed some quite startling facts about Roger Federer. “I have never hidden that I cheered for Federer: I did it as a kid, I do it today. But the beauty of Djokovic, Federer and Nadal is that they are very different, they have enormous qualities among which it is difficult to choose,” said Berrettini in the interview.
In the same interview, Berrettini reflected that it is without a doubt that Federer is currently not in the best of his form because of his age. However, he stated that as a tennis fan, one should enjoy watching Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic till the time they are playing the sport.
“It is obvious that we are witnessing Roger’s sunset due to age limits. But let’s enjoy these three extraordinary champions while they are there,” added the World No.8 player. Djokovic is 9-0 in Australian Open finals over the course of his career; the Serb's record in championship matches in Melbourne is second only to Rafael Nadal's 13-0 streak in Roland Garros finals.
Wimbledon is the Serb's second most successful Slam. Djokovic has reached seven finals at SW19 and lifted the title on six occasions. The World No. 1 has also reached six finals at Roland Garros, winning two of them. Roger Federer, meanwhile, has reached at least seven finals at three Majors -- Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open.