Roger Federer: 'We were shocked, but we know the reason of course'

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Roger Federer: 'We were shocked, but we know the reason of course'

Over the span of two decades, there are many Roger Federer records that will stand the test of time and one of those statistics is his serve. Although the Swiss star is not the fastest server on the men's tour, he maintained pinpoint accuracy throughout the years in service games.

As age advanced, Federer slowed down his serve and relied on his variety. He began to use the kick serve to good effect. Including serve and volley in his style of play also helped the Swiss star to score points on the turf. In addition, the Swiss master won about 60% of the points with his second serve on grass courts.

In the all-time standings, Federer was just behind Milos Raonic in second serve winning percentage. This statistic shows that it can overcome adversity on grass better than the other two surfaces. Again, it is impossible to predict Federer's chances at Wimbledon this year due to the limited number of matches he played.

But if the Swiss star can serve as he used to on center court, anything is possible. Next-generation players fighting on grass courts could open doors for Federer.

Federer was "shocked" at Wimbledon's cancelation

Many new-generation players such as Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitispas and Felix Auger-Aliassime have shown in recent years that they are comfortable playing on clay instead.

grass. While a top-tier player is expected to adapt to all three surfaces to become legendary, these young players have yet to make their mark on the courts at Wimbledon. As a result of his first round outings at SW19 in recent years, Roger Federer does not have to be any different from the competition of next generation players.

COVID-19 had brought tennis to a standstill for around six months last year, with many tournaments getting postponed or canceled. Wimbledon was one of the premier events that was called off altogether, even as other Slams decided to change their schedules.

"Last year everything happened very quickly," said Roger Federer. "After Indian Wells cancellation we were all trying to understand how the situation would evolve. Few weeks later Wimbledon was canceled and we were shocked, but we know the reason of course."

On Wednesday the 39-year-old spoke about the difficulties of his rehabilitation period, and pointed out how playing on tour is not as easy as it once was. "The rehab process was a huge challenge for me," Federer said.

"Everybody who has had multiple surgeries knows what I'm talking about. Things don't come easy anymore and that's sometimes is the major concern."