Roger Federer’s return to clay in the coming months could be the key to his success at Wimbledon.
Swiss TV commentator and former player Marc Rosset made the observation on a L’Equipe podcast, noting that the 20-time Grand Slam champion needs to get back into grinder mode before stepping onto his favoured grass.
With clay the perfect refresher course, Federer’s touch on grass could be conditioned by his spring results on dirt.
“Federer saw that maybe he was lacking a bit of physical preparation, so I think it’s going to be interesting for him to really play as many matches as possible on clay,” Rosset said..
“This will allow him to do a little clay work and to build up a physical reservoir.
Wimbledon is hardly won by serving-volley, it is won from the baseline.
“If he also wants to win Wimbledon, he will necessarily have to beat (Novak) Djokovic, (Rafael) Nadal or other players who are in the top 10.
“To face them, he will have to play them in Masters 1000s on clay or at Roland Garros. “
Federer is currently working through a training block expected to last a month or more after making his comeback from a pair of 2020 knee surgeries but only getting as far as two matches this month in Doha.