Roger Federer is back to practice on grass. The Swiss player posted a photo through his social media channels from Switzerland ahead of the Halle Open where he will try to win his tenth title there. Federer, in an interview, spoke about the keys to success: "You need the right balance between training, matches and holidays", said the Basel native.
Analyzing the Federer's loss to Rafael Nadal in the French Open semifinals, Gunthardt said: "Roger was hesitant and he waited for the opponent's mistake." Rod Laver said: "Roger is a good clay-court player, but there is a superhuman, Nadal, who hits a big forehand over Roger's backhand and Roger cannot cope with it.
That puts everybody down with such a heavy top spin. It makes you be in an uncomfortable era to return and big servers do not go to the net which surprises me in a way. That's how we played on grass, that's how Boris Becker won Wimbledon.
Nadal is returning the serve behind the linesman sometimes! This is really big. I see big changes in the game of tennis." Meanwhile Tommy Haas recalled his 2017 second round win in Stuttgart over Federer: "It's one of my biggest wins ever", he said.
On his 1999 final loss to Magnus Norman, he added: "That was one of the saddest moment in my very young career." Asked who will triumph in Stuttgart, the 41-year-old replied: "There are so many strong players, almost all of them can win."