'Roger Federer may struggle to compete with...', says legend



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'Roger Federer may struggle to compete with...', says legend

Roger Federer advanced to his 15th Australian Open quarter-final last year, accomplishing that in 21 trips to Melbourne. In the fourth round, Roger defeated Marton Fucsovics in four sets in just over two hours to stay on track for the title.

The Swiss lost the first set and shifted to a higher gear to take home victory without spending too much time on the court, especially after that epic four-hour marathon against John Millman two days earlier. After that initial setback, Roger found a way to tame Marton's shots and dominate from the second set, keeping everything under control and setting up the quarterfinal meeting with Tennys Sandgren, the lowest ranked player left in the game.

picture. After failing to qualify for the main draw in Melbourne for five consecutive years, Tennys defeated Stan Wawrinka and Dominic Thiem in 2018 to reach the quarterfinals out of nowhere, ranked 97 in the world. Two years later, the American barely stayed in the top-100 after losing points to Auckland last year, where he claimed the first and only ATP title.

The American struggled to make an impression on the ATP Tour for the remainder of 2019, finding Game A of his in Melbourne last year to find himself in another quarter-final. Tennys defeated the best of the Italian squad to achieve victories over Matteo Berrettini and Fabio Fognini and set up the first clash against Roger Federer, hoping for a miracle against one of the greatest players of all time.

Wilander comments on King Roger

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander feels "it is possible" for Roger Federer to make a return to the tour after his latest knee surgery. However, the Swede reckons the 40-year-old will struggle to compete with the top players.

"I think it's possible for him to come back," Wilander told Eurosport. "I think if he keeps saying it himself, he obviously has his mind set on coming back. He doesn't get tired. He listens to his body. But it's getting more and more difficult."

The Swede further claimed that Federer may struggle to compete with the physicality of players like Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev. ""I think the bigger problem to me is that these guys are getting really, really good.

(Alexander) Zverev and (Daniil) Medvedev are the guys pushing behind, they are playing huge games of tennis," he said. "And of course, Federer has his serve but how big a weapon is a Roger Federer serve compared to let's say a Zverev or Medvedev serve. I think that's going to be the reality check."