Bertolucci: Federer became #1 taking advantage of Rafael Nadal's absence

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Bertolucci: Federer became #1 taking advantage of Rafael Nadal's absence

Roger Federer will not be able to dominate on the ATP Tour like he recently did in the 2017 season, according to the former world no. 12 and current Sky Sport commentator Paolo Bertolucci. The 37-year-old suffered tough losses this year, including the most recent one to John Millman at the US Open.

'The problem is that when you get older, you are not consistent,' Bertolucci said in an interview with Tennis World USA. 'Not all the days are the same and in some mornings reflexes are not there, you feel weaker and you get influenced by it.

Nothing and no one will not allow him to deliver ultimate level performances, maybe even in ten years, but repeating yourself the following day or round is tough. He lost to (Novak) Djokovic recently, all normal, but for example even at Wimbledon he was leading two sets to love (against Kevin Anderson) and then he turned off as a candle for lack of energy.

Big tournaments require you three or four high level performances and I don't know if he can do that. He will always deliver a great performance, but delivering great performances will be tough.' At the same time, Bertolucci admitted he was surprised by Federer's return at a high level last year.

The Swiss won Australian Open, Wimbledon, Indian Wells, Miami, Shanghai and Basel titles. 'A few years ago I had said: "I do not think he will be back as number one because he can't be consistent. He can still win one or two more Grand Slams (and instead he won three) but he can't return as number one." And instead I was wrong because he even came back as the no.1, definitely taking advantage of (Novak) Djokovic and (Rafael) Nadal's absences.' ALSO READ: 'Novak Djokovic will be world No. 1 and pass Roger Federer's 20 Majors'