The past year and a half hasn't been an exciting one for Roger Federer, who has had to manage two surgeries on his right knee. After becoming the protagonist of a short return to Doha in early March, the former world number 1 has decided to carry out a further training block to get closer to the top of physical fitness.
The Swiss phenomenon will begin his season on clay in Geneva, which he will use as the only preparation test for Roland Garros. The second Slam of the season will kick off a week late due to the delicate health situation in France, a move that hasn't affected the King's schedule.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion has repeatedly reiterated that his big goals will be Wimbledon and Tokyo Olympics, without forgetting the US Open scheduled for late summer. In this context, the Tennis Channel recently invited four-time Grand Slam champion Jim Courier, who analyzed Federer's future prospects in the near term.
The former world number 1 is still close to the top positions thanks to the new ranking system.
Courier on Roger Federer
"If you're a Roger Federer fan, which most of us are, fitness is going to be the biggest factor for him going forward because he won't lose his artistry with the racket," Jim Courier said.
"He just might not be in position to hit many great shots if his fitness isn't there." The American went on to claim that everyone is in the dark about Roger Federer's fitness issues, and that nobody knows whether he'll be able to switch from the best-of-3 format to the more arduous best-of-5 format.
"If we're concerned about the fitness also, what kind of fitness questions are they? Is it the question of health, is it whether he's behind in cardio and working for best-of-five..." Courier said. "Well, we don't have that info.
But it's worrisome, no doubt about it." World number two Rafael Nadal, who won the Barcelona Open recently, was conferred with the Laureus Sportsman of the year award for winning his 13th French Open crown and his 20th grand slam title in 2020.
With victory at the French Open, Rafael Nadal equaled Roger Federer’s tally of winning 20 major singles titles on tour. The Spaniard continues his winning momentum this year as well and remains to be the main contender for the French Open.
Nadal expressed his happiness for winning the award, where he talked about how much the 20th grand slam meant to him. The Spaniard also mentioned his friend and rival, Roger Federer. “For me personally, of course achieving the 13th Roland Garros title and equaled the 20th Grand Slam of Roger Federer has been an unforgettable moment for me. So it means a lot to me to equal my great rival, but at the same time, my great friend."