Is Wimbledon 2021 Last Chance for Roger Federer To Win a Slam?

Published 03/20/2021, 4:57 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates a point against Kevin Anderson of South Africa during their Men’s Singles Quarter-Finals match on day nine of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)


The last time Roger Federer played a Wimbledon final, he had two consecutive championships points. It was the final of 2019 Wimbledon, a match that still haunts Federer because he failed to convert both his chances and suffered a heartbreaking loss to Novak Djokovic.

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In fact, over the last 12 months, Federer has only played two matches on the tour. Subsequently, after the 2020 Australian Open, Federer underwent two surgeries on his right knee, which kept him out of action for more than a year.

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)

Having made his comeback at the 2021 Qatar Open earlier this month, Federer made a winning start by defeating British No.1 Dan Evans in the opening round. However, the Swiss Maestro’s resurgence was halted the following match, when he lost to Nikoloz Basilashvili despite having a match point in the deciding set.

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Can Roger Federer win his 9th title at Wimbledon?

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After a shaky comeback, Federer announced his withdrawal from the Dubai Open and the 2021 Miami Open as well. This decision comes at the backdrop of improving his game and focusing on his primary goal of delivering his best at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships.

Owing to Federer’s record of eight Wimbledon titles, his best bet of winning another Grand Slam comes at the All England Club. With Federer turning age 40 this year and his body unable to withstand the grueling demands of the tour, the 2021 Wimbledon seems likes Federer’s last chance to win another Major.

Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates victory following his Men’s Singles third round match against Lucas Pouille of France during Day six of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

However, it’s going to be incredibly hard for Federer since arch-rivals Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are still in prime form. To top it up, players like Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev have constantly challenged the hegemony of the Big-3 in the past year and have turned into formidable forces.

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For Federer, the season will truly begin at the Halle Open, which will act as a preparatory ground for Wimbledon. With three months’ go for Wimbledon, Federer will aim to return to full fitness and get some tournaments under his belt to gain confidence before heading for the green lawns of England.

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Kshitij Tayal

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Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district-level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA.

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