Roger Federer would not be playing Wimbledon unless he believes he can win it, says former player and Eurosport analyst Barbara Schett.
Federer has only played three competitive matches in the last 16 months following a long lay-off after double knee surgery.
Two of those came in Doha, where he won one and lost one, and the other in Geneva with a surprise defeat in his first match with the Swiss ace admitting afterwards that he expected better of himself.
Although the 20-time Grand Slam Champion wanted a better clay preparation ahead of Roland Garros starting next week, he has been open that his priorities lie after the French Open and are specifically targeted on Wimbledon.
And despite the fact he turns 40 this year, and the question remains over this fitness, Schett, a former world number 7, believes a 9th Wimbledon title is still on the cards.
“Maybe Roger believes he can win Wimbledon one more time, but that will be tough at his age and having been away from the game for so long.
“I would love to see Roger to win Wimbledon again,” said Schett.
“He must believe he can do it or he would not be playing, but he has been out for so long and his body is going to hurt when he plays best of five set matches.
“I retired when I was 28 and I thought I was old then. Now Roger is nearly 40 and we are saying he can still win Wimbledon, it’s amazing.
Federer will play Roland Garros, and then move onto grass court tennis at Halle, Germany before Wimbledon starts on June 28.
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