In less than a week, he will kick off the 2021 edition of Wimbledon. The Championships were canceled last year due to the global pandemic, a historic event that was inevitable in an unprecedented situation. There is great anticipation to see Roger Federer at work, who could be at his last performance on Church Road.
The Swiss champion will turn 40 on 8 August and his process of returning to the top is proving much more difficult than expected. The 20-time Grand Slam champion does not show up at Wimbledon as he would have liked, given the modest results achieved in recent months and the premature elimination in Halle.
The former world number 1 will hunt for his ninth seal in London, the one mocked him two years ago against Novak Djokovic. The Basel veteran will also have to hope for a favorable scoreboard, which will allow him not to spend too much energy in the first week of the tournament.
In a long interview published on 'Tennis.com', double legend Pam Shriver analyzed King Roger's form.
Pam Shriver on Roger Federer
"I’m uneasy about Roger Federer for the first time," Pam Shriver said.
"I don’t think he should compete if he’s significantly below ‘Roger Federer level,’ and I thought the final two sets [in Halle] were significantly below that level." Following Wimbledon, Federer plans to compete at the Olympic Games and the US Open.
But Shriver has questioned whether Federer's knees will hold up on hardcourt. "Look what happened at the French Open, on softer clay," the 1978 US Open finalist said. "Will Roger’s knees be that much better and ready for best-of-five set hard-court matches just two months later?" Former Davis Cup winner Alex Corretja has given his take on Federer’s current dip in form.
As compared to previous years, the Swiss star has not been in the best shape. The 47-year-old stated, “I’m just worried he doesn’t feel 100 percent on his knee because it’s normal that his movements are still not the best.
Probably he needs some more time. Is it going to be enough to be perfect for Wimbledon? Well, he needs a very, very good first week to get the rhythm that he needs to become good the second week and to perform well”. The former Olympic medalist further added, “I think if he gets the rhythm that he needs, he’s going to be very dangerous but there are many players that right now can hurt him, when before it was maybe only two or three”.