After a couple of early exits, a former junior champion Roger Federer reached the Wimbledon quarter-final in 2001 after stunning Pete Sampras. Two years later, the Swiss went all the way to lift the first Major trophy at the All England Club, starting his domination at the world’s most prestigious tennis event and winning eight titles until 2017!
Two years ago, Roger had everything in his hands against Novak Djokovic in his 12th Wimbledon final, wasting two match points and losing one of the most epic Major finals in tennis history! The Swiss won 14 points more than the Serb, scored four breaks more than Novak, had 40 winners more, two match points and two break points at 11-11 in the decider up for grabs, squandering all that and allowing Djokovic to steal the crown in the longest Wimbledon final ever.
Two years later, Federer will seek the ninth Wimbledon crown just a few weeks before turning 40, recovering from a severe knee injury that forced him to skip almost the entire 2020 season. Roger will play in Geneva and Roland Garros ahead of his beloved grass swing, hoping to get back at 100% by June and embrace another deep Wimbledon run.
A former world no. 5 Jimmy Arias backs Roger to fight for the title, praising the 20-time Major champion’s movement and stating that he should be among the favorites at the All England Club.
Jimmy Arias believes that Roger Federer will stand a chance at Wimbledon this year.
“I’m sure if things start going well at Roland Garros and he’s making a little run, then he’s not gonna just be thinking about Wimbledon.
Obviously, he’s gonna want to win any Major that he can, and he probably still is the third or fourth best player on clay right now, so why not? If things open up for him, why not? I would put Stefanos Tsitsipas out there with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic among the Roland Garros favorites.
I’m leaving Dominic Thiem out for the moment until I see him playing in Madrid and Rome. Roger is undoubtedly in the mix, and you can’t count him out at any time. I expect him to be one of two or three favorites again at Wimbledon, no question about it.
If he’s moving as well as he has been moving – I haven’t seen, I didn’t see his matches in Doha – but he moved so well the last time I saw him play. If he continues to move that well, he still has the better game for grass than pretty much anybody,” Jimmy Arias said.