Woodbridge: ‘His results in 2021 will shape Federer’s future’

The results that Roger Federer You get in 2021 will be more important than your age in determining when your brilliant career will come to an end, the Australian said. Todd Woodbridge, who believes that the Swiss, who will turn 40 in August, can still achieve another title at Wimbledon.

The Swiss tennis player, winner of 20 individual Grand Slam titles, confirmed last week that after his two knee surgeries in 2020 he was not yet physically ready to reappear and that for the first time in more than two decades he would lose the Australian Open next February.

“A player of his category at some point begins to wonder why he only reaches the quarter-finals when he is used to being in the final. This does not produce the same adrenaline rush as always and that’s when you start to think that you probably have other things to do in your life, “he said. Woodbridge in a statement to ‘Channel Nine’ this week.

A loss to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open semi-finals in January 2020 was the last competitive match of Federer And playing five sets in the Australian summer heat after a lengthy injury and 14 days in quarantine would have been a difficult proposition for the 39-year-old Swiss tennis player, who has not missed any presence at Melbourne Park since 1999, In his beginnings as a professional, he fell into the previous phase.

Yves allegero, compatriot and former doubles partner of Federer, believes that not participating in the Australian Open was a logical decision for the veteran Swiss tennis player.

“During his entire career, Roger only played if he was one hundred percent physically,” he said. Allegro to the website in 20 minutes. “So he made the right decision, especially since he has a lot of time left to prepare for his main goals for the year, which are Wimbledon and the Olympics.”

Participation in a fifth Games had a prominent place on the agenda of Federer and the postponement of Tokyo 2020 Until 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic it was perfect for the Swiss, who would have otherwise missed them due to injury.

The last of his great titles might have arrived on the hard courts of Melbourne in 2018, but Federer hopes to be in the grass of Wimbledon, where he won eight titles and reached the final in 2019, a more realistic surface to add a big one to his private account.

“For Roger to continue, he will have to be able to control his body when he returns,” he said. Woodbridge, who won 22 Grand Slam doubles titles. “His big goal, I suppose, will be to play in the Tokyo Olympics and Wimbledon, which is the ‘major’ that I see that he can win at this final stage of his career,” he added.

After the decision not to go to Australian Open, Federer is planning a return to the circuit in late February and the current men’s calendar suggests that the tournament Rotterdam ATP 500 As of March 1, it could be the reappearance of the world’s number five in 2021.