‘Roger Federer strikes a ball as well as ever, but he has a major challenge,’ says top Australian analyst

Todd Woodbridge says the only thing that can hold back Roger Federer is the physical stress of playing seven matches at a Grand Slam.

Federer has not won a major since the 2018 Australian Open, although he did lose an epic Wimbledon final last year to Novak Djokovic.

In his last two Slams, the 2019 US Open and the 2020 Australian Open, Roger Federer has struggled with injury that ultimately ended his chances of adding to his trophy haul.

And that, according to Woodbridge, is the major challenge facing the now 39-year-old.

“It’s not about the quality of his play, it’s about can his body handle seven matches at a slam?” Woodbridge said in an interview with Wide World of Sports.

“The actual ball-striking part of his game is probably as good as ever, but the body doesn’t come back as easily.

“The extra couple of years he’s got on Rafa and Novak makes it tough.”

Woodbridge also paid tribute to Federer’s rivalry with Rafael Nadal, who is now level with the Swiss ace on 20 Grand Slams apiece after winning his 13th French Open title last week.

“I don’t expect Rafa to retire, but there’d be something special about them finishing on the same number,” he said.

“I think it would be a testament to the amazing rivalry he and Roger have had, that one of them wasn’t considered better than the other.

“To be able to go to a tournament and win it 13 times, be fit, healthy and mentally able to cope with the stresses of being one of the top players, I don’t think there’s any sporting feat that I can think of that has had that continuity, longevity and dominance.”

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