ESPN pundit Brad Gilbert believes that Roger Federer has not digested his tough five-set loss to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final yet. Speaking ahead of the Rolex Shanghai Masters, Gilbert said: "Obviously, that was a rough beat.
It's always rough to come back from a ridiculously rough beat, especially at 38." Gilbert, who is a former world no. 4, also believes there are too many expectations around the Basel native: "Here's the whole thing with Federer fans and pundits.
What they expect, it's unrealistic. To me, the story of Wimbledon isn't about how he was crushed by that loss but about how insanely well he's still playing. Fed had two match points. He's 38, and there he is, still right in the thick of things."
Jimmy Arias added: "I can't ascertain from just two tournaments [Cincinnati and the US Open] how much [Federer's] level may have dropped if it dropped at all. When I saw him at the US Open, he was still pretty good.
If Fed was 34 or younger, I'd say the loss probably would not impact him. But at 38? Who knows? At some point, the end has to come for everyone. Maybe this was the catalyst." Federer avenged his 2015 Rolex Shanghai Masters defeat to Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the second round on Tuesday. Federer won in straight sets 6-2, 7-6(5).