“Tournament That Feels Like His Own”: Doubles Legend Weighs in on Roger Federer’s Chances at Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 06/26/2021, 6:54 AM EDT
WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates victory with the trophy after the men’s singles final match against Andy Roddick of USA on Day Thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England. Federer won 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)


Doubles legend Todd Woodbridge reckons Roger Federer still has it in him to lift a ninth career Wimbledon title, but certain things have to fall in his favor for him to do so. Closing in on his 40th birthday, the Swiss will go into the Championship with just seven matches under his belt this year.

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Unlike 2019, when he’d arrived at the lawns on the back of his 10th career title at Halle and finished runner-up after an epic final against Novak Djokovic, Federer crashed out in the last-16 at the German grass court tune-up event this year.

However, giving him confidence going into All England is his fourth-round finish at Roland-Garros.

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Familiarity will breed confidence for Roger Federer at Wimbledon: Todd Woodbridge

Also, the fact that he could have gone deeper into the tournament if he didn’t have to withdraw to rest his knees ahead of Wimbledon.

Speaking to ausopen.com, Woodbridge said that the happy memories from the previous editions would not only help Federer deal with the strict quarantine rules but also boost his confidence going into the tournament.

He said the self-assuredness that comes with the familiarity of returning to a venue where he had scripted some of his most memorable wins will also help Federer’s cause.

“It is the one place he’ll go where there isn’t performance anxiety. There is a real calmness from how well you usually perform when you go there,” Woodbridge said.

The Aussie added that the “comfort” that the Swiss will draw from going through the same routine as he has over “so many years” will also put him in the right frame of mind and help calm his nerves on match days.

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)

“I always felt that, and I know he would obviously feel that, because this is the tournament that feels like his own,” the legend said.

Federer should have won in 2019, says Woodbridge

He added that while Federer will carry the scars from 2019 where he squandered a match point to go down to Serbian, he will also have memories of his stupendous performance going into the final.

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“There’ll be some motivation and there will be some scars from 2019, but if he thinks back to that year, he still played brilliantly, and should have won. That’s something more positive to be able to feed off,” Woodbridge said.

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Federer will open his All England campaign against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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