'Roger Federer's fitness is fine but he's lacking match play', says former star



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'Roger Federer's fitness is fine but he's lacking match play', says former star

Roger Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, has never missed the Wimbledon Championship in his career. From 1999 to 2020, he has won a record eight Wimbledon titles and finished runner-up four times. Last year, undergoing two knee surgeries, the Swiss teacher had to miss the entire season after the Australian Open.

However, due to the pandemic outbreak, even Wimbledon was canceled for the first time since WWII. Now, for the 2021 season, both the oldest tennis tournament and the winner of 103 ATP titles are back on the cards. So the question is: Will Roger Federer play at the Wimbledon Championship this year? Since his return in Doha, Roger Federer has expressed his excitement about playing at Wimbledon again.

Mainly, he even established turf as his biggest goal for the 2021 season. Additionally, the 39-year-old participated in the 2021 French Open to prepare for the most critical two weeks on grass. But as he progressed to the fourth round there, he retired afterward, resting his body for the turf season.

After that, Federer appeared on his own turf at ATP Halle 2021. Although he was a record 10-time tournament champion, he saw an early start against Canadian contender Felix Auger-Aliassime in the second round. Thus, more than a few questions hang over the 2019 finalists' campaign at Wimbledon this year.

But given its world-class repertoire, all questions settle. Without a doubt, all eyes will be on Federer when he steps onto the preferred surface after two years. So the next question is: Will Federer go all the way at Wimbledon? What to expect from Federer at Wimbledon? When Federer withstood a five-set game that lasted more than three hours against Dominik Koepfer at Roland-Garros, he made a clear statement about his fitness.

Woodbridge reflects on Roger Federer

In that context, Todd Woodbridge pointed out that Roger Federer is woefully short on match practice heading into SW19. The Aussie also believes Federer was hampered by the lack of crowds in Halle, given that he usually feeds off the support from fans.

"His fitness is fine but he's lacking match play," Woodbridge said. "That time away from the game is not easy and in Halle, in his lead-in tournament, went out to Felix Auger-Aliassime, the young Canadian.

He'll be disappointed not getting more matches under his belt on the grass. The hardest part about Halle, absolutely zero crowds, and that's not good for Roger," the Aussie added. "He feeds off that and I think when he's playing against opponents, they also feel that the crowd goes for him."