‘Is he in good enough shape!?’ Boris Becker in Roger Federer investigation – match fitness is crucial at 39.
On Centre Court, Roger Federer follows Novak Djokovic, who has already advanced to the semi-finals.
Boris Becker wonders if Roger Federer is “well enough” to take on Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon this year. With a straightforward victory over Hungarian Marton Fucsovics, Djokovic advanced to the Wimbledon semi-finals.
So far, Djokovic’s quest for the Golden Slam has been rather straightforward.
The Serbian tennis legend has also been unstoppable at Wimbledon in recent years, with his last defeat occurring in 2016.
With the two playing out a dramatic final in 2019, Federer came agonizingly close to breaking Djokovic’s reign.
Djokovic won that match and has since broken further records, putting him just one major win away from tying Federer and Rafael Nadal for most major titles won.
Federer has subsequently undergone double knee surgery, raising concerns about how long he will be able to compete at the highest level.
But he’s been gradually improving at Wimbledon this year, and he’ll be looking forward to a possible rematch with his old foe in Sunday’s final.
Federer’s recent success has delighted Becker, who won three Wimbledon titles in the 1980s.
Federer, according to the former world No. 1, is approaching the point where he can genuinely challenge Djokovic for the title.
“I believe Roger began his comeback in order to be in that circumstance in a quarter final,” he remarked on BBC.
“At 39, you’d think he’d be on his way back, but is he? Is he going to be in good enough shape? Is he going to regain his form now that he hasn’t played tennis in over a year and a half?
“He’s gradually improved his form,” says the narrator.
“I liked the way he played in the final round, and he spoke calmly in press conferences, as if he was thinking clearly about what he needed to do next.
“And if anyone knows how to play on this court, it’s Roger Federer.”
In his semi-final, Djokovic will face Denis Shapovalov of Canada, who defeated Karen Khachanov after coming back from a 2-1 deficit.
Shapovalov has been impressive throughout the competition, including victories over Andy Murray in straight sets.
Federer, on the other hand, will face Hubert Hurkacz, who is competing in his debut Grand Slam. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”