John McEnroe always thought that Roger Federer would not have an easy way to his ninth Wimbledon title and 21st Grand Slam overall. Speaking on BBC on Tuesday, McEnroe - a seven-time Major winner - suggested that Federer's opponents were clearly dangerous. 'You’ve got 6’8” Kevin Anderson and 6’10” John Isner,’ he told the BBC. ‘Now, you go in and say obviously Roger’s the favourite and obviously Roger is playing incredible but those are three guys that can take the racquet out of your hand and they’re going to make life somewhat miserable, I believe. One of those guys is going to cause some damage.'
Last week, during the first days of the tournament, McEnroe had admitted that the Swiss was tired a little bit. 'I think he played nine matches over the course of a 10 or 11 day period. Maybe that was a little more than what he would have wanted. He had a week or so off and so it’s all good. If he’s injured, I don’t know what to say! If there is some injury with the performance we saw, that will be truly frightening for opponents.'
Federer assured he was focused on match by match, without thinking too much about an eventual win, although everyone was seeing him as favourite: 'In practice at the moment, I'm not working on anything specific. It's really about being just solid. The goal is to win matches and not to be too creative right now. That's going to happen naturally if I play well. I'm really just focused on that,' the 36-year-old stated.
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