During the mild period of the tennis off-season, where the deeds of the great champions are replaced by the declarations off the field, the rivers of words of the experts and the press find great importance. And this year even more, since the season had to suffer a postponement due to a pandemic as evidenced by the programming of the first Grand Slam of the season for February 8 instead of the middle of the current month.
A great tennis expert and famous coach of many champions, Roger Rasheed recently made some interesting statements during his kind participation in a podcast. A question about Roger Federer was a must and the coach's response was certainly full of optimism but at the same time calmed by common sense.
Despite the resignation of the very Swiss champion at the next Australian Open due to a recovery that proceeds with great caution and for this reason a little slow, Rasheed is convinced that the career of the 20-time slam champion has not yet reached the end credits.
Meanwhile, Gilles Simon was appearing on a on the chat show "Major Talk" when he made a reference to the 2019 Wimbledon final between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Federer held two match points on his own serve at 8-7 in the fifth set of that match, but the Swiss failed to convert those opportunities and Djokovic bounced back to win 7-6(5), 1-6, 7-6(4), 4-6, 13-12(3).
Simon talks about Roger Federer
"I heard it so many times, 'Why didn’t he serve and volley against Novak when he had his two match points?'," Gilles Simon said. "We're not going to start questioning Roger Federer’s choices in the important moments, are we?" Simon claimed that Roger Federer has played a certain way throughout his career, and that he executed the match points the way he did because he felt confident that that would win him the title.
"If anyone knows, it’s him," Simon added. "Federer doesn’t question it. He played his game. He's won a lot of Slams by doing this." During Federer’s absence from the ATP tour, his fellow rivals have added to their Grand Slam tally.
Novak Djokovic won last year’s Australian Open and reached 17 Majors overall, while Rafael Nadal won his 13th Roland Garros title to match Federer’s Grand Slam tally. Reflecting on the current season, Roger decided to skip the Australian Open. To live five weeks away from his family and kids was not something he felt comfortable doing at this point in time.