Roger Federer 'not the player he was' says Rupert Bell
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Roger Federer went out in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon as Novak Djokovic made it 20 Grand Slam successes. That is the same number as Federer and Rafael Nadal as the debate rages on as to who is the greatest of all time.
Djokovic dominated the tournament at SW19 with Federer off the pace as he was dumped out by Hubert Hurkacz.
Darren Cahill – coach of Simona Halep – believes Federer can compete for Grand Slams again including the US Open this year.
The former tennis player in his own right thinks Wimbledon next year will be the best chance for the Swiss though.
“Hopefully they (Federer and Rafael Nadal) take [Novak Djokovic equalling their Grand Slam tally] as a big challenge. For Federer especially, he’s got to get the body right,” Cahill told ESPN.
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“He didn’t look to be moving here (Wimbledon), so whether or not the knee is still a bit of an issue. That’s going to be the most important thing for him.
“And if he can get through that – yes, he can still be a threat at the US Open, even through to next year when he’s into his 40s.
“At Wimbledon is always going to be his best chance.
“So, fingers crossed he comes back here in 12 months time and gives himself a chance.”
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Federer has pulled out of the Tokyo Olympics as he continues to protect his body at 39 years old.
In a statement posted on his social media accounts on Tuesday afternoon, Federer explained his disappointment to miss out.
It read: “During the grass-court season, I, unfortunately, experienced a setback with my knee and have accepted that I must withdraw from the Tokyo Olympic Games.
“I am greatly disappointed, as it has been an honour and highlight of my career each time I have represented Switzerland.
“I have already begun rehabilitation in the hopes of returning to the tour later this summer.
“I wish the entire Swiss team the best of luck and I will be rooting hard from afar. As always, Hopp Schwiz!”
The US Open takes place in New York from Monday, August 30 as Djokovic looks to win a calendar Grand Slam.
He could also add an Olympic gold medal to his Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon crowns.
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