Brad Gilbert: 'Roger Federer is playing tennis better than ever'

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Brad Gilbert: 'Roger Federer is playing tennis better than ever'

ESPN analyst and 20-time ATP titles winner Brad Gilbert spoke about Roger Federer's chances to come back to the first place in the ATP Rankings. The World No. 4, who won Australian Open, Indian Wells and Miami, will 270 points from Monte Carlo and Rome events and will try to defend 1.070 points in the grass-courts season.

Then he can only earn. Gilbert is very optmistic: 'Right now Fed’s got a better than 50 per cent chance of finishing the year No. 1. When you look at how far Djoker and Murray are behind, I think it's going to come down to Roger and Rafa.

Roger has finished the year No. 1 five times and in four of those five times he's left Miami first in the Race. He told me after the match that he's not 24 anymore and that possibly he'll only play the French. That's three Masters 1000s out of the way, but he can finish No.

1 if he wins one of the last three majors, which is certainly possible. He belongs on the Mt. Rushmore of the seven greatest athletes of all time, along with Michael Jordan and Tom Brady.' Gilbert also added: 'I’ve been watching Roger since 1998 and in my humble opinion he is playing better tennis than at any point in his career. He’s been forced to get better and he’s had to raise his backhand and return of serve.

He’s playing more complete tennis. I look at the numbers and sometimes when something goes up, something goes down. But Roger’s breaking five per cent more while still holding 90 per cent of the time. And he’s converting 50 per cent of break points.' ALSO READ: Azarenka: 'FEDERER LEGEND'. Fognini: 'I'm glad I lost in semis'