‘I hope Roger Federer gets into the second week of Roland Garros,’ says Becker

Roger Federer needs ‘matches, matches, matches’ at Roland Garros says Boris Becker if he has any chance of winning Wimbledon.

Federer has only played three competitive matches in the last 15 months, due to double knee surgery earlier last year.

He is making his Grand Slam return this week at Roland Garros, and all eyes will be on the 20-time Champion to see if he can find some of his previous dazzling form on court.

Federer himself has said that he has no expectations of his French Open campaign and has made no secret of the fact that he is viewing it more as a stepping stone to Wimbledon.

Becker, a six-time Grand Slam champion himself, says he hopes the Swiss ace can get as many matches as possible because practice matches don’t improve your game.

“He can’t have the expectation to be one of the favourites for Paris. He was injured for too long and didn’t play for a long period of time,” said Becker to Eurosport.

“He now has to get back to his top form. That can only be done through matches. You can play like a world champion in practice, the first round will always be tough.

“I would have liked him to play more tournaments beforehand, because you don’t get better in practice. His goal is to win another Grand Slam tournament. I think he has the best chance at Wimbledon – and therefore he has to play in Paris.”

Asked what Federer can do to get ready ahead of Wimbledon, Becker said its purely a case of more court time.

“Roger simply needs matches, matches, matches. I hope he gets into the second week at Roland-Garros.

“Then I’m convinced that he’ll play a grass court tournament before Wimbledon in Halle.

“The fact that the distance to Wimbledon is now a week shorter won’t bother him. It’s more of an advantage to know you’re going into a tournament every week and then hopefully arrive at Wimbledon in your best shape.”

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