Pundit: Roger Federer can win Wimbledon again but will be nervous about Rafael Nadal
Roger Federer’s strong clay court performance will leave him in good stead for Wimbledon, says Eurosport pundit Alex Corretja, who also believes the Swiss will be starting to get a little worried about Rafael Nadal catching him in the Grand Slam race.
Federer reached the semi-finals in Paris before being stopped by eventual winner Nadal, but everyone knows that Wimbledon and grasscourt tennis is where he really shines.
“I think Federer played a great clay court season [reaching the semi-finals], which gives him the belief he can win Wimbledon again.”
Despite that confidence, former world number two Corretja believes that Federer will be starting to get just a little nervous about great rival Rafael Nadal threatening his Grand Slam record of 20 wins.
“Of course, they are looking at each other, Roger knows it’s 18, he is getting closer” he added.
“The best thing about both of them, they don’t compare with others, they just look out for themselves”.
12 of Nadal’s 18 Grand Slam titles have now come at Roland Garros, but Corretja says that should enhance his legend, not diminish it.
“People dream of winning Roland-Garros once, can you imagine winning it 12 times?
“I have spoken to him and he looked very calm, he said it was crucial he broke back in the first set and got ahead.
He said the speed and intensity in the first two sets were very difficult, it was brutal conditions as well, long rallies, difficult to breathe.
“He knew he had to raise his level in the third set because Dominic might go down a little bit.
“That’s why Rafa has won here 12 times because he raises his level when he needs to.”
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