Roger Federer made his return to the circuit in March by participating in the Doha tournament, where he reached the quarter-finals by relinquishing a comeback to Nikoloz Basilashvili. After a further block of training in Dubai, the Swiss phenomenon went to Geneva to start the season on clay.
His race - however - ended abruptly on his debut at the hands of Pablo Andujar. Contrary to expectations on the eve, the former world number 1 flew to Paris for Roland Garros, in what represented his first Major since the Australian Open 2020.
His ride in the French capital was more than dignified, given that Re Roger hit the round of 16 before announcing a precautionary retirement. The strides shown at the French Open were almost wiped out by the premature defeat in Halle, a tournament in which Federer had triumphed ten times.
The 39-year-old from Basel left the scene in the second round at the hands of Felix Auger-Aliassime, as well as having missed the appointment with the quarters for the first time since 2001. In a recent interview granted to MARCA, Toni Nadal made the point on the state of form of the Maestro on the eve of Wimbledon.
Federer comes into the Championships low on confidence
“The normal thing is that it is not easy for Roger Federer (at his age) to play a series of matches to five sets. Federer has enough quality to beat anyone, what I don’t know is if he is capable of playing high-intensity matches for two weeks,” Toni Nadal said.
Toni added that if there’s anyone who can defy doubters at 39, it is Federer and he doesn’t think it’s beyond him to do the impossible. “With Roger, you can expect anything,” Toni said. The coach, who is currently with Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime, also shared his thoughts on the Swiss crashing out in the last-16 at Halle after losing to his pupil.
“I saw him play in Halle with Felix and the third set cost him,” the Spaniard said. Federer, who turns 40 in August, comes into the Championships low on confidence, having suffered a series of surprising defeats since his comeback from injury.
While he did beat Ilya Ivashka in his opener at Halle, he was defeated by Felix Auger-Aliassime in the next round in what was one of his worst performances on grass in recent memory. He will, however, look to turn his fortunes around at Wimbledon, where he has registered some of his greatest triumphs.