“Disappointed” and “not good” in terms of attitude were words used by Roger Federer after his exit from Halle against a player who shares his birthday, Felix Auger Aliassime.
After winning against 7-6 6-7 7-6 7-5 against Dominik Keopher in Paris the former numbers ones withdrawal raised questions over his participation essentially just using the tournament to warm-up for Wimbledon and with no break between Roland Garros and Halle he had to take himself out of the equation to begin his grass court preparations.
Second round defeat to Felix from a set up on a court he has won 10 titles on was not ideal and he wasn’t happy with his exit and spoke about his disappointed and difficulties…
So, how ready is he for Wimbledon and is he a contender?
Do I think if he is ready? I do think he’s ready, I don’t however think he is ready to win a Grand Slam, I will be stunned if we see him in the final eight.
The history and the grace he has on the grass courts makes him one of Wimbledon’s greatest champions. He is an eight time champion (five in a row between 2003 and 2007) and has won 101 matches at The All England Club over a continuous period of 21 years competing in London.
His achievements at Wimbledon have been magnificent and to see him live is a delight but right now there are many more prepared players.
I do think he has one of the greatest games still on the grass courts but physically is where I think it will fall short for him.
I think it is similar questions going into Paris, once those physical tests become more frequent then I struggle to see him lasting until the latter stages of the tournament.
I look at Roger’s draw and I worry early on, he would be happy to avoiding Djokovic who is in the top half. Mannarino can be a tough opener depends on how he turns up, Gasquet potentially in round two then Cam Norrie which is where I think things could get tricky but the Brit himself faces an early test in Lucas Pouille.