'Roger Federer failed a lot with the backhand', says former ATP ace

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'Roger Federer failed a lot with the backhand', says former ATP ace

Roger Federer's future is cloudy after giving up the Masters 1000 in Toronto and Cincinnati. The former World No. 1 suffered a knee relapse during the grass-court season, having had to give up the Tokyo Olympics and the dream of winning the singles gold medal.

His participation in the last Grand Slam of 2021, the US Open, seems far from obvious, considering that the Swiss has only played five tournaments this year. Several fans and insiders believe the 20-time Grand Slam champion is seriously thinking of retiring, thanks to a physique who doesn't want to tag along.

The Swiss legend played his last match at Wimbledon, where he surrendered in the quarterfinals to a wild Hubert Hurkacz. The zero that the Pole handed him in the third set had alarmed countless fans of his, who had never seen him look so helpless on Center Court.

A few days before his 40th birthday (which was yesterday), his parents Robert and Lynette gave a nice interview to 'Blick' magazine. "Roger Federer looks a lot like me physically," said his father, Robert.

"I think he has inherited a lot of traits from myself, it's so obvious," he added. Then Mom Lynette chimed in: “He probably got the discipline and the desire to move from me. Maybe also the talent to hit the ball”.

Alex Corretja talks about Federer

Alex Corretja recently gave his thoughts on the GOAT debate, asserting that Roger Federer should not be left out of the discussion simply because of his poor head-to-head record against Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

"When people say Roger Federer has lost against Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal more times and that's why he can't be the best in history, it's absurd to me," Corretja said. "Because of their [contrasting] style of play, Nadal is obviously going to do a lot of damage to him.

And the fact that Djokovic beat him is also normal - because he neutralizes his serve like nobody else, because he plays very long, because he doesn't let him take his forehand as he likes," Corretja said. "It's normal that he beat him many times.

What I mean is that they are styles of play, nothing more." Interestingly, Alex Corretja has a positive head-to-head record against both Roger Federer (3-2) and Rafael Nadal (2-0). "It's normal that I beat [Roger Federer] on many occasions.

And what does that mean? Nothing. [All it means is] that my game, on his day, did not go sit well with his style because he was very young and failed a lot with the backhand," Corretja said. "On clay, it was enough for me to send him many high balls there.

I caught [Rafael] Nadal very, very young too. He had no experience and I did. But all that is insignificant."