Roger Federer believes there are several unanswered questions at Wimbledon, but he is looking forward to the quarter-finals.
Despite a paucity of preparation, the 39-year-old has done well at the Major.
Before coming to Wimbledon, Roger Federer said that he had “question marks all over the place.” Federer has advanced to the quarterfinals for the 18th time in a row, but his success at the All England Club was far from assured only a few weeks ago.
After undergoing two arthroscopic surgeries on his right knee last year, the 39-year-old had struggled for form leading up to Wimbledon.
The Swiss master hasn’t played in 16 months and was defeated by Felix Auger Aliassime of Canada at the Halle Open earlier this month.
Nonetheless, he has overcome his lack of preparation and court time at Wimbledon, defeating Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego 7-5, 6-4, 6-2 on Monday to advance to the last eight for the second time.
In the next round, Federer will face either second seed Daniil Medvedev or Hubert Hurkacz of Poland in his quest for a 21st Grand Slam title and eighth at Wimbledon.
Despite defeating Adrian Mannarino, Richard Gasquet, Cameron Norrie, and Sonego, he admits to having reservations over the last week.
Federer said, “To some extent, it’s wonderful to see that the hard effort I put in paid off [and]that I’m able to play at this level with best-of-five sets.”
“You don’t ask yourself the question while you’re young. But if you’re me, and you’ve had a year like mine, you’ve got a lot of questions.
“You have to prove to yourself that you can do it once more.
“I was willing to suffer losses for the sake of information, just to be out there, [to]get the body in shape so that perhaps when Wimbledon rolls around, I’ll be able to get up in the morning and feel fine, that I’ll be able to go out and play five sets.
“Because I feel that way, it’s incredibly fulfilling and enjoyable. We’ll see how much longer I have in the tank now.
“Clearly, it was critical to win in straight sets once more. “I am eagerly anticipating the next round.”
Federer has already made history at Wimbledon this year, even if he loses in the next round.
He is the oldest man to reach the quarter-finals at Wimbledon in the Open era, aged 39 years 337 days.
Novak Djokovic is still the overwhelming favorite to win. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”