Serena Williams’ coach says Roger Federer isn’t among the favorites at Wimbledon.
According to Patrick Mouratoglu, Roger Federer is not among the favorites to win Wimbledon this year.
According to Patrick Mouratoglu, Roger Federer is not among the favorites to win Wimbledon for the first time in his career this year. On Saturday, the Swiss will face Cameron Norrie of the United Kingdom in the third round.
Federer was down two sets to one in the first round against Adrian Mannarino and looking at his earliest Wimbledon departure since 2002 when the Frenchman retired with an injury.
In round two, the 20-time Grand Slam champion outplayed Richard Gasquet and will be seeking to build on that performance as he seeks a record-extending ninth Wimbledon crown.
Serena Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglu, however, does not believe the Swiss are among the favorites to win the title at SW19 this year.
“Given his current form and age, I find it difficult to believe he can play additional matches over five sets,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“For the first time, he will not be among the favorites.”
In 2021, the eight-time Wimbledon winner has struggled with form and fitness, and this is only his second Grand Slam appearance since the Australian Open in 2020.
He pulled out of the French Open this year after a grueling match against Dominik Koepfer, and then lost on grass in Halle to young Canadian sensation Felix Auger Alliasime.
Meanwhile, one of his greatest adversaries, Novak Djokovic, has been in superb form this year, sailing through the first rounds.
The Serb has already won the Australian Open and the French Open in 2021, and he is attempting to make Wimbledon history.
According to Mouratoglu, the world No. 1 is the “great favorite” to win a sixth title at the All England Club this year.
“Rafa Nadal and Dominic Thiem’s absences dramatically open up the draw and further solidify Novak Djokovic’s standing as the favorite,” he said.
“His confidence has grown as a result of his victory at Roland Garros.
“He like the grass because he has the finest return in the world, and his accurate and effective serve creates wonders on the surface.
“He is unquestionably the favorite.
“The only thing that could cause him difficulties is his special ability, which he has when things are going too smoothly on the.”Brinkwire Summary News”.