Roger Federer compatriot Marc Rosset believes that a good run at Roland Garros would be the best Wimbledon preparation for the Swiss ace and doesn’t see any reason for a withdrawal.
Federer is currently underdoing an intense ‘training block’ in order to prepare himself to play on clay and improve his fitness after a long break away from the sport.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion was forced to take 14 months away from the game after double knee surgery and returned briefly in Doha last month before withdrawing from subsequent tournaments for additional training.
He has openly said that Wimbledon followed by the Olympics are his main priorities, and he will play the clay season predominantly to get match practice and prepare for the grass court.
At the moment, he is committed to playing in Madrid before the French Open, but the postponement of Roland Garros means he will likely have no break between that and Halle, which starts on June 15th.
Rosset, former Swiss Olympic gold medallist, believes that back-to-back tournaments – and a good run at Roland Garros – will be absolutely vital ahead of Federer’s Wimbledon campaign.
“I do not see why Roger Federer would not play at Roland Garros,” Rosset told L’Equipe.
“[Right now] he is doing the physical preparation with Pierre Paganini. But afterwards, you have to go on the field, play games.
“If he were to reach the semi-final (at Roland Garros), it would be the best preparation for Wimbledon.”
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