‘In his heart of hearts, Roger Federer knows he can win Wimbledon,’ says former coach

Former coach Paul Annacone believes Roger Federer will fully believe he can win Wimbledon despite his stuttering comeback.

Federer has played just three matches in 16 months after requiring double knee-surgery last year.

The most recent step on his comeback trail ended in real disappointment, as he lost his opening match in Geneva to Pablo Andujar.

The Swiss ace himself has admitted he can’t see himself as a contender to win the French Open, but Annacone, who coach him earlier in his career, thinks Wimbledon will be a different story.

“I think this is way different from four years ago, and 35 is way different than closing in on 40,” Annacone told the New York Times.

“I think Paris is going to be really challenging for him..

“But if the body sustains itself and maintains good health and he gets enough reps, Roger’s not going to go into the grass season not thinking he can win Wimbledon.

“He’ll say all the right stuff, but in his heart of hearts, he knows he can win that tournament.

“But the less dominant you are, the more that aura of invincibility starts to dissipate just a tad, and it only needs to dissipate a tad to make a difference. The locker room antenna is up.”

Roger Federer reached the final of Wimbledon in 2019, the last time it was played.

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