Roger Federer should never be underestimated says tennis analyst Patrick McEnroe, although he doesn’t believe Roland Garros title is a realistic target.
Federer has been forced to take a 13 month break from tennis due to double knee surgery and, other than a brief two match return in Doha earlier this year, he hasn’t played competitively on a large scale since early 2020.
The 20-time Grand Slam Champion has made no secret of the fact that Wimbledon and the Olympics are his main targets this year, although he recently confirmed on twitter that he will definitely play Geneva followed by the French Open.
McEnroe, a former player and brother of Grand Slam champion John McEnroe, is a tennis commentator for ESPN and he says that although Federer doesn’t believe he can win in Paris, he is using it to build momentum for Wimbledon.
“He wouldn’t be showing up to play if he didn’t think he could play well,” Patrick McEnroe told Reuters.
“But I don’t think his is realistically going there thinking he could win the tournament.
“Even when Roger was at his highest level, he was the second best clay court player in the world, which is saying something. I don’t think we can say that right now, especially coming off such a long lay-off.
“But his expectations are certainly to go there and play well and make a little bit of a run.”
Despite this, McEnroe says you can never rule Federer out and that’s why he’s so great.
“He’s still a threat to win a big tournament. I never underestimate greatness, and he’s great, one of the greatest, if not the greatest of all time.
“He just loves the game, he loves to play. I don’t think he plays with the sole intention of ‘I’m going to play to try to win any tournament,’ and I think that’s part of his popularity and his sustainability. ”
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