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Former coach gives his verdict on Roger Federer’s mentality ahead of Wimbledon aftershock

Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates winning his match against Dan Evans of Great Britain on Day 3 of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex on March 10, 2021 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

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Roger Federer’s former coach Paul Annacone says, the Swiss’ will still have high hopes of winning Wimbledon if he can “maintain good health” and get a few good results under his belt. Federer suffered a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 defeat at the hands of Pablo Andujar from Spain in the first round of the ATP 250 event on home soil.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner insisted that he still has time ahead of Wimbledon, saying: “Roland Garros is not the goal. The goal is the grass so I still have time.”

Meanwhile, Annacone, who coached the Swiss from 2010 to 2013, is quoted as saying by the New York Times: “I think this is way different from four years ago, and 35 is way different than closing in on 40.

“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.”


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