The 2021 edition of Wimbledon kicks off on Monday, which will have an even more special flavor after last year's cancellation. The spotlight will naturally be on Roger Federer, perhaps on his last appearance on the lawns of Church Road.
The former world number 1 has been waiting for this tournament for two years, with the aim of redeeming the atrocious mockery of 2019 and putting his 21st Grand Slam on the board. The approach of the Swiss to the third Slam of the season was not the best, also thanks to the premature elimination in Halle at the hands of Felix Auger-Aliassime.
The 39-year-old from Basel will make his debut on Tuesday against Adrian Mannarino, who will have nothing to lose and will do everything to make the trip. King Roger finished in the fourth of Daniil Medvedev, called to have to manage the Struff threat already in the first round.
In a recent interview with Matt Trollope, double legend Todd Woodbridge insisted that King Roger has some chance of winning in London this year.
Roger Federer's preparations have been far from ideal
In a recent interview with Matt Trollope for Australian Open, nine-time Wimbledon doubles champion Todd Woodbridge weighed in on Roger Federer's chances at the All England Club this year.
"Roger Federer can definitely win it. But he's going to need help. Maybe somebody takes out a couple of seeds?" the Aussie said. "Anyone who can rush Roger, or any of the younger guys with a big game, are threats.
If they come out swinging hard like Matteo Berrettini did at Queen's, that's going to be really dangerous because Roger is not going to be able to use his skill set. He knows the history of the sport so well, and Ken Rosewall made the 1974 final at age 39; I think he knows that's possible," Woodbridge said.
"I think if he gets that right opponent in a big match, he can most definitely come out and win a championship. But the stars are going to have to align to make that happen." Woodbridge claims the Swiss' experience at Roland Garros would have boosted his chances going into Wimbledon.
"I think he found that competitive nature and spirit that he needed," Woodbrdge said. "The best-of-five format is going to be a good and bad thing for him. He's going to have time to be able to find ways to win and to hang in, but if he does have a couple of long matches, how is his recovery?" he added.
"That's the one thing we don't know; given this length of time away from the game, what's that going to do to him?."