'I was worried about Roger Federer's body language', says former ATP star

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'I was worried about Roger Federer's body language', says former ATP star

It is time for the short season on grass courts, yet simultaneously it is time for one of the most prestigious events in the history of the sport, the 2021 Wimbledon Championship. This is the first Grand Slam event to be played and dating back to the 19th century.

The All England Club was established in the year 1877. As we approach the 2021 Wimbledon Championships, we take a look at the dark horses that could surprise and outshine defending champion Novak Djokovic and living legend Roger Federer for prized possession.

Speaking of the Serbian, he has been in ruthless form this season, winning titles in Melbourne and Paris. He's been in supreme shape and the way he's doing it, it doesn't look like he's going to stop anytime soon.

On the other hand, Federer and Wimbledon have their own relationship. Although the Swiss ace is still finding his rhythm after returning to the Tour after a long stint, he can quickly adapt to the All England Club courts. Players like Dominic Thiem, Andrey Rublev, Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas can cause upset and deepen the event.

Among all these players, not many have impressed with their performances at the Grand Slam event played on grass. However, since the last edition of the Championships, these players have greatly improved their games. Players like Tsitsipas, Medvedev and Thiem have learned to compete in Grand Slam events and, while further improvement is required, they have learned to adapt to the best of five sets format.

It is a matter of time for them to cross the last hurdle after Medvedev and Tsitsipas were finalists in the previous two Majors. Thiem has not been impressive on grass courts and his season so far has not been impressive. However, he can use this tournament to change his luck.

Rublev has grown to be a real force in men's soccer over the past 12 months. His recent passage through Halle was also a positive sign.

Alex Corretja talks about Roger Federer

Speaking to Eurosport, Alex Corretja said the Swiss' negative body language throughout the match was a worrying sign in the lead up to Wimbledon, which begins on Monday.

"I was worried about Roger Federer's body language a little bit," Corretja said. "He was, I think, inside himself. He’s the only one who knows how he’s feeling, the way he’s moving. Sometimes it’s not about complaining.

It’s a matter of you are playing and inside you, you feel ‘this is not how I want to feel’. And I think Roger feels a little bit that way right now." Corretja believes that if Federer can play his way into the tournament and find his best tennis, he can be competitive.

"I’m just worried he doesn’t feel 100 per cent on his knee because it’s normal that his movements are still not the best," Corretja said. "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.

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," the Spaniard added.