'The normal thing is that it is not easy for Roger Federer...', says top coach
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 2449
After a long wait, the draw of Wimbledon 2021 was finally drawn, a tournament that is back in vogue after a year of absence and which sees Roger Federer among the main protagonists. The Swiss champion will play in his favorite tournament by returning to the field that two years ago in the final against Novak Djokovic gave him one of the bitterest disappointments of his career.
Now at the age of 40, the Swiss tennis player will try his last great feat. The scoreboard has been designated with Roger standing on the other side of the scoreboard from world number one and big tournament favorite Novak Djokovic.
Adrien Mannarino will be Roger Federer's opponent in the first round. The Swiss tennis player appeared in difficulty in the recent tournament in Halle and, given his age, he must take any opponent with the transalpine 'with the pliers' which is far from easy.
In the second round Roger should challenge the winner between the Japanese Sugita and a lucky loser given Richard Gasquet's forfeit arrived in these hours. In the third round, the first really insidious obstacles for Roger who will have to challenge the winner between Filip Krajinovic and the British Norrie, recent finalist at Queen's and very dangerous on the grass.
In the Round of 16 possible challenge with one of the blue Lorenzo Sonego or against the Spanish Pablo Carreno Busta. In the quarters Roger will cross the number two seed, the Russian Daniil Medvedev, a tennis player who does not have great aptitudes on grass but who remains a formidable opponent.
In the semifinals, the favorites to challenge Roger are Matteo Berrettini and the German Alexander Zverev, but beware of fit and dangerous tennis players like the French Ugo Humbert or the Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime, a tennis player who threw Roger out in Halle and could catch the tennis player in the semifinals.
Only in the final the clash with the world number one Novak Djokovic, great favorite for the event and the one who two years ago managed to extinguish the dreams of all tennis fans Roger Federer fans.
Toni Nadal comments on Roger Federer
Rafael Nadal’s longtime coach and uncle Toni has shared his take on the expectations that Roger Federer will carry into Wimbledon Championships this year and his prospects at the event.
“The normal thing is that it is not easy for him (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 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.