Since the start of 2020, Roger Federer and Andy Murray have won only 16 matches combined, struggling with injuries and staying away from the court for many months. Andy and Roger earned one win at Queen's and Halle this week, and they will try to raise their game ahead of Wimbledon, where they both had success in the past.
Speaking about Roger this week, Andy said that he understands how frustrating it is when you can't find your best shots after staying at the top for two decades. The Briton backs the Swiss to find his best tennis again and fight for big titles, praising Felix Auger-Aliassime, who defeated Federer in the second round in Halle.
Roger suffered a knee injury at the beginning of the previous season, playing only the Australian Open and missing the rest of the year after undergoing two surgeries. Roger returned this March in Doha and beat Daniel Evans in the second round before wasting a match point versus Nikoloz Basilashvili in the quarters.
Taking another break, Federer embraced the clay swing in May and squandered a 4-2 advantage against Pablo Andujar at home in Geneva. Heading to Paris, Roger entered his first Major in almost 500 days and scored three victories to regain confidence.
Roger took down Denis Istomin and Marin Cilic to advance into the third round, facing Dominik Koepfer and beating the german 7-6, 6-7, 7-6, 7-5 in three hours and 35 minutes.
Andy Murray backs Roger Federer to find his A-game again.
Federer won one point more and sealed the deal with a late break in the fourth set to become the oldest player to reach the fourth round at Majors since 1978!
The Swiss prevailed with a late break in the fourth set before withdrawing from the fourth-round clash versus Matteo Berrettini to keep his knee for Halle and Wimbledon. Seeking the 11th Halle crown, Federer beat Ilya Ivashka in the first match before losing to Felix Auger-Aliassime in three sets, not happy with his level and hoping for better at Wimbledon in two weeks.
"I mean, I don't know exactly what Roger's situation is, but I know from my own experience that it's not easy to come back and play after such a long period out. Roger has been playing on a high level for 20 years, and it's not easy to return and struggle to execute your best shots, especially against high-quality players like Felix Auger-Aliassime.
You want to get into a bit of a rhythm, and it's not happening, so it can be tricky and stressful. I understand why it would be frustrating for Federer, but I'm sure he will work it out. Playing at Majors is different; it's not the same as competing at the other tournaments," Andy Murray said.