Since his return to the circuit last March, Roger Federer had made it clear that Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics would be his main goals. His campaign in London will start on Tuesday against the French Adrian Mannarino, who has a tennis that is well suited to this surface.
The Swiss champion did not make it to the Championships in great form, in addition to having played very few games in 2021. His only victory on grass came in the first round of Halle against Ilya Ivashka, which served as a prelude to the unexpected collapse in front of Felix Auger-Aliassime.
During the traditional press conference on the eve, the former world number 1 also shed light on his participation in the Tokyo Games. The 39-year-old from Basel is still not 100% sure of flying to Japan, but the fact that the outfit for the Olympic review has emerged on his social networks is a relevant clue in this regard.
His performance at Wimbledon will also be crucial for the rest of the season.
It’s time for the most prestigious Grand Slam event of the year
"My feeling is I would like to go to the Olympics," Roger Federer said.
"I would like to play as many tournaments as possible. But I think we've decided now let's just get through Wimbledon, sit down as a team, and then decide where we go from there." The Swiss maestro, who will be participating at the Wimbledon Championships for a whopping 22nd time in his career this year, also insisted he was happy that the tournament was being held undeterred after last year's cancelation.
"I still feel a big privilege that I'm actually able to play Wimbledon," Federer said. "If I look back at everything that I went through for the last year and a bit more with the injury, also with the pandemic, it's great that Wimbledon is back on.
I'm happy I'm here." Recently, tennis legend Mats Wilander spoke on the stakes riding on Roger Federer and Serena Williams. Both players have not won a Major in a while. However, they have come close on a few occasions.
As far as the Swiss ace is concerned, he has his arch-rivals, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic too close for comfort. The 7-time Grand Slam winner spoke on his topic and said, “One thing we must not forget is Djokovic won at Roland Garros he has 19 Slams because Roger Federer is getting close to 40 years old and Serena Williams is getting close to 40 years old we have a situation where Serena wins Wimbledon and we think it is her best chance and winning it this year is a better chance than doing it next year. She needs her 24th here in order to tie Margaret Court and be considered the greatest of all time”.