Swiss tennis superstar Roger Federer has overcome the defeat of Felix Auger-Aliassime and hopes to make a long run at Wimbledon. Federer, who has been very successful on the grass courts in Halle throughout his career, kicked off his 2021 grass season in Halle.
Unfortunately for Federer, he did not make another deep run at Halle as he suffered a knockout loss to Auger-Aliassime. Federer was up by one set, but Auger-Aliassime came back to win in three sets. "I had a mental moment where I was just not happy with how things were going in the match," Federer reflected at a pre-tournament press conference.
“When things got mentally derailed for me, I was already on a break in the third. You could argue that maybe he would have lost anyway. It was Felix's good play that got me there. "[But] it definitely was too, there are ways to lose and a standard that I set for myself and how I do things."
Federer, a record eight-time Wimbledon champion, came to the All England Club feeling mentally strong. “The good thing now, looking back, is that I know it won't happen here because I'm ready, I'm excited, I'm excited.
I know I can do much better, ”said Federer. “I think I have to bring out the positive aspects of these last few weeks, that I am actually here at Wimbledon right now and I have a chance. I know that if I get going, I go into the second week, which is the goal here right now, that I get stronger and stronger as each game goes by, I think it's very possible.
"I come here feeling mentally stronger [than] in the last set I played in Halle, which was clearly not the standard that I like." It remains to be seen how far Federer can go at Wimbledon this year.
Cash opens up on Roger Federer
Pat Cash offered his take on the ever-raging GOAT debate.
The 1987 Wimbledon champion believes head-to-head records play an important role in determining the greatest player of all time. Cash then proceeded to lavish praise on 20-time Major winner Roger Federer, crediting the Swiss for transforming the sport through his versatile style of play.
“I think he certainly transformed tennis. He brought it to another level in the modern era. He showed players could play at the back of the court and be equally as good at the net and around the net,” Cash said. "His movement was phenomenal and I think he certainly brought an element of style and flashiness and the shots he could produce - it’s the best of what we seen from the Bjorg and Connors at the baseline and McEnroe, Edberg, Sampras, those types of volleys."