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“Not sure if Roger Federer can win 5 set matches” says Grand Slam champion

Wimbledon legend Roger Federer is going to struggle to win matches that go into the fifth set according to a respected commentator with 7 Grand Slam titles to his name


The chances of Roger Federer claiming another Grand Slam title have been significantly reduced if you believe the recent comments from Swedish tennis champion Mats Wilander.

Wilander, now working for Eurosport on their Wimbledon coverage, has said, “I’m not sure if Federer is able to win in five sets anymore. If these matches were in two or three sets then maybe; but it’s not, and it’s a huge difference.”

Federer has won 58% of the 5 set matches he’s been involved in but has an 86% winning record in all matches at Grand Slam level in his career, which may give added credibility to Wilander’s comments. The last 5 set match Federer played was at Wimbledon in 2018 when he lost in the semi-final in a marathon to Kevin Anderson 13-11 in the final set.

Federer’s draw in the mens singles at Wimbledon this year will see him potentially have to overcome Kei Nishikori, followed by Rafa Nadal and then Novak Djokovic in the final if he wants to win a record 9th title on the grass of SW19.

Wilander also says that Federer isn’t the favourite to win this week.

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