Roger Federer's return in March of this year had sent fans into raptures, but now there is a fairly restless climate about what could happen in the coming weeks. The results of the Swiss phenomenon were not in fact exciting, with a balance of five victories and three defeats since the return.
The former world number 1 had given encouraging performances at Roland Garros, passing three rounds and retiring on the eve of the eighth final against Matteo Berrettini. His debut on his beloved grass brought him back to raw reality, with a premature and alarming elimination at the hands of Felix Auger-Aliassime in Halle.
The 39-year-old from Basel will be seeded number 7 at Wimbledon, thanks to the forfeit of eternal rival Rafael Nadal. His dream of putting the 21st Major on the board will not be easy to achieve, also given the rise of the Next Gen and the usual incredible outfit of Novak Djokovic.
Interviewed by the Daily Express in recent days, former Spanish tennis star Alex Corretja tried to dampen the pressure surrounding King Roger.
Corretja speaks about Roger Federer
"Roger Federer is the example of how difficult it is to return to your highest level after a hard injury.
Imagine if you do it at 39 years old. Everything that comes to Roger from now on will be a gift for him and for everyone we love. his tennis. We can simply tell Roger to play the best he can and we will be out supporting him at all times.
Now we have to accept reality and he has to be the one to decide what to do with his career. If he sees that he is still ready to return at his best level, he will continue on the circuit. If he feels that he cannot be at the level he wants and cannot win Grand Slams, I think he will retire from tennis," Alex Corretja said in words collected by Daily Express.
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”.