Roger Federer Wimbledon

Federer faces ‘physical challenge’ claims Mouratoglou

Roger Federer faces a physical challenge to win a ninth Wimbledon title, according to Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou.

Federer underwent back-to-back knee surgeries in 2019 and has played just four tournaments since the 2020 Australian Open.

The Swiss has won the title in Halle 10 times, but was dumped out early by Felix Auger-Aliassime earlier this month.

Mouratoglou believes Federer’s physical fitness will be tested at a Grand Slam, by Novak Djokovic and also the younger players.

“I don’t think he is satisfied yet with his level of play. He lost early on grass in Halle, which is something he’s not used to and he was not happy.” said Mouratoglou

“First he has to find his level completely because he’s come back to tennis not so long ago after being injured for a long time so he’s still looking for these details to make sure who he is on grass. And second is the physical aspect.”

“To win a Grand Slam at his age in five sets it’s such a physical challenge and facing guys like Novak in five sets, you know how physical that is.”

“So that’s the two biggest challenges for him more than the pressure.” Mouratoglou named Djokovic as his favourite to win the title.

Federer will face a tricky first round opponent Adrian Mannarino on Centre Court later today.

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