Former Grand Slam Champion Michael Stich is backing Roger Federer to win Wimbledon again before he retires and says there couldn’t be anything better for tennis.
Federer has won the Wimbledon Championship eight times, more than any other Grand Slam in his career, and considers the All England Club as his ‘home’.
At 39 years old, the Swiss ace is currently joint record holder along with Rafael Nadal, with 20 men’s Grand Slam titles and speculation is rife over whether he can add to this total before he retires.
Federer is returning to the sport next month in Doha after a year out due to a knee injury that required two surgeries.
While many are unsure if he will be able to find the form and stamina to competitively challenge for the bigger titles, Stich says you should never write Federer off.
“It is clear that at some point he will stop,” Stich recently told Stats Perform News.
“Many would have thought that already five years ago. We have no influence on that.
“I would wish for him to win Wimbledon and say after the final, ‘You know what, I had a sick time, I’ll stop.'”
“There couldn’t be anything better and that would give so much to the sport.
“You should never write [Federer] him off because he is a player who has a gifted set of skills that help him to still play tennis that good at his age.
“He may have the problem that the younger generation no longer has this huge respect for him because he was out for a year. The mental side plays a big role there.”
“But especially at Wimbledon he is certainly still a candidate for the title, because there he has this mental strength, because there he has the greatest joy.
“He doesn’t have to prove anything to himself, he doesn’t have to prove anything to the fans out there. He’s really doing it because he thinks he can still win titles.”
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