“His Best Shot”: Andy Roddick Reveals How French Open Will Be Instrumental in Roger Federer’s Success at Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 05/06/2021, 6:42 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND: Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts following defeat in his Men’s Singles final against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during Day thirteen of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)


The anticipation of Roger Federer’s return to the ATP Tour is almost palpable. Thankfully, he has already announced he will be back on the competitive courts at the ATP 250 Geneva starting May 15. Given his confirmation for the French Open and high hopes for Wimbledon, May and June are the two crucial months for the Swiss maestro.

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However, on a concerning note, coach Severin Luthi recently revealed that Federer’s fitness level is still not up to the mark. In response, 2003 US Open champion Andy Roddick explained that it is his best shot at winning a Grand Slam.

Roger Federer of Switzerland arrives for practice during Day Ten of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Roddick explains the importance of Geneva and the French Open for Federer’s Wimbledon preparations

To begin with, retired American Andy Roddick disclosed a key statistic about his former arch-rival. As per him, being a 100% fit has always been the number one priority for Roger Federer.

Moreover, the former World No.1 emphasized how Federer has been pragmatic about his tournament selection late in his career. Thus, Roddick believes that participation in Geneva and Roland Garros could be a sign of things to come.

“If he is not feeling fully fit, this says he wants a chance to potentially say goodbye to Roland Garros. If next year doesn’t happen, but that’s something we don’t know at this point,” Roddick said.

Furthermore, the American said it is completely out of character for Roger and his team to participate without feeling prepared. However, he also understands that adequate match-time before Wimbledon is essential.

Roddick explained, “Match reps are just completely different. So playing a couple of practice sets, going through your fitness is just not the same as actually getting match value.”

Summing up, Roddick stated that Federer should accumulate as much match practice as he can from Geneva and Paris. But he claimed that he would need more than that to win at Wimbledon.

“That’s a base layer for the run that he wants to make at Wimbledon. That’s his best shot of a major by far at this point of his career,” Roddick concluded.

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How are things looking for Roger Federer before French Open?

Roger Federer celebrates victory during his men’s singles first round match against Lorenzo Sonego of Italy during Day one of the 2019 French Open at Roland Garros in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Notably, Federer has played only two matches in the last 16 months and will aim to add more at home. Moreover, the entire tennis fraternity is waiting to see how he plays on the clay court.

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Unquestionably, the Basel-born will answer all the questions with his tennis racquet in just above a week. Hopefully, he remains fit and plays throughout the 2021 calendar.

Do you think Federer will make it to the later stages in French Open?

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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