Clearly, something is wrong with Roger Federer. Anyone who is watching him play these days can see him. Beyond winning or losing, something logical within this sport is the sensations. What a player shows with his body language and with his blows.
Those of the Helvetian say that there is something that is not working well, but not in relation to his physique or his knee, but to what is happening inside his head. To this day, Roger is playing two games, the one he plays against his rivals and the one he plays against himself within his mind.
Paris, early June. Federer arrived at Roland Garros with a smile on his face and already in the press conferences he could be seen happy to be there again and to give himself the opportunity to gain pace for the grass tour.
The Roger we saw just four weeks ago is very different from now. Everything went wrong on June 16 in Halle. After an acceptable first set, on his part, in the second something happens that makes him lower his arms completely in the third.
He let go, when he suffered a break in that sleeve. Never, since a professional, have we seen Roger like this. "It's been a long time since this happened to me," Federer said the other day on Media Day, already at Wimbledon.
“It reminds me of my junior stage, remember, when out of nowhere, I no longer saw positivism anywhere. I don't know why it is. I had a moment on a mental level, that I was not liking what was happening," he added.
Hantuchova opens up on Roger Federer
Daniela Hantuchova believes Novak Djokovic can go on to win the Calendar Golden Slam this year. The former Wimbledon quarterfinalist feels the Serb has been aided by Rafael Nadal's withdrawal from of a couple of events and Roger Federer's lack of form.
"I know many people think this tournament will come down to Novak or Federer, but looking at the draw, I’m not even putting Roger in my Top 3 picks," Hantuchova said. "There is nothing like match play, and for Roger, it’ll be so important for him to get through the first week and, if he can manage that, he’ll deserve to be as big of a favorite here as he’s ever been.
I just think it’ll be interesting to see how he performs through the first few rounds." She believes Djokovic's age will not be a factor at Wimbledon and that his wealth of experience will hold him in good stead.
"He’s absolutely a level above everyone else and it couldn’t have been tougher for him in Paris, beating Rafa and then being two sets down to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the finals, but he still found a way," Hantuchova said.