'I expect Roger Federer to be one of the 2 or 3 favorites again', says former star

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'I expect Roger Federer to be one of the 2 or 3 favorites again', says former star

The world of tennis is experiencing a strong transition period and never like in this 2021 young athletes on the launching ramp seem ever closer to the level of the Big Three, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, the three tennis players who dominated world tennis in the last twenty years.

Stefanos Tsitsipas' victory in Monte Carlo is the latest great result obtained by nextGen and the overtaking, especially according to all tennis fans, seems imminent. This 2021 will probably see a greater growth of tennis players like Medvedev, Zverev or Tsitsipas and the even younger Denis Shapovalov, Felix Auger Aliassime and Jannik Sinner are ready to surprise.

Despite this, in this 2021 there are still many records that the Big Three can conquer: from the fight for the number of Grand Slams to the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2021 and Roger Federer is ready to return to this battle. The Swiss returned to the circuit last month playing the ATP tournament in Doha after an absence of more than a year.

The Swiss on the threshold of 40 years still has several goals to achieve and in this final phase of his career he is aiming for several records. In the first place, the Swiss tennis player aims to reach the record for finals played and tournaments won on the ATP circuit.

Connors has played 164 finals for 109 trophies, while Federer has 157 finals with 103 titles. It is not easy given the advanced age and the stoppage caused by Covid that has slowed everything down but Roger will try to achieve this goal.

In addition to this, Federer wants to break the record for games played and competitions won by Connors himself: Jimmy is at 1557 participations and 1274 victories, this record is easier to conquer with the 1513 games played and Federer's 1242 victories.

While speaking on Tennis Channel, Jimmy Arias claimed that if Federer begins his French Open campaign strongly, he would back himself to go all the way.

Jimmy Arias on Roger Federer

"Maybe Tsitsipas right now (the way he’s playing), those are the 3 favorites for me," Jimmy Arias said.

"I'm actually leaving Thiem out for the moment until I see him playing at Madrid and at Rome. But Roger Federer’s in the mix certainly and you can’t count him out at any time." Arias explained that Federer’s game is well-suited to grass, and that if he rediscovers his effortless mobility on the surface, there is no reason to doubt his chances.

"I expect him to be one of the 2 or 3 favorites again at Wimbledon, no question about it," Arias said. "If he’s moving as well as he has been moving - I haven’t seen, I didn’t see his matches in Doha - but he moved so well the last time I saw him play. If he continues to move that well he still has the game for grass which is better than pretty much anybody."