Two years ago, Roger Federer stood a point away from the ninth Wimbledon crown, having two match points on serve against Novak Djokovic. Like many times before, the Serb produced a marvelous comeback and defeated Roger in five thrilling sets after nearly five hours of an epic battle.
A lot has changed since that encounter, and Federer will return to Wimbledon this June with only a couple of tournaments in his legs since the last year's Australian Open. The Swiss lost to Novak in the semi-final in Melbourne and underwent a knee surgery a few weeks later, requiring another in May and deciding to skip the rest of the season.
Working hard on his game and starting from the beginning in October, Federer was shaping his game until this March, when he returned to action in Doha, competing for the first time in 13 months.
Roger Federer will compete in Geneva, Paris, Halle and London in the next two months.
Roger defeated Daniel Evans in the second round before squandering a match point vs.
Nikoloz Basilashvili in the quarters. The Swiss took more time off the court and will embrace a busy schedule starting from the next week, entering Geneva, Roland Garros, Halle and Wimbledon, where he wants to play at his best.
Speaking about Roger in Rome, Dominic Thiem said that he can't wait to see the legend on the court again at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, stating that Roger is still capable of winning a Major crown, especially at his beloved Wimbledon.
"I guess almost everyone misses Roger when he's not playing just because of his style and the way he plays. I mean, in general, he's a great guy, and it's fantastic to have him with us. I can't wait to see him play at Roland Garros and Wimbledon.
Roger is so good and has such unreal skills that I don't think that's a big deal if he doesn't play for a long time. If he's 100% physically, I guess he can fight for the titles in those tournaments he enters.
I think Roger can still win a Major; otherwise, he wouldn't play. He's too good and has been too successful in the past. Without feeling competitive at the notable events, I believe Roger would have had retired. I expect him to go very far at Wimbledon," Dominic Thiem said.