It's time for Wimbledon again which also means, we will get to see stalwart players like Roger Federer and Serena Williams playing against each other. But will it be their last meetup, nobody knows! Serena has won a total of seven Wimbledon tournaments and Federer has won eight. Both of them are going to enter into their 40’s in a few weeks. And both of them are facing questions related to their health and fitness.
Serena has been looking for ways to win a title for four years as she hasn’t won any, after the birth of her daughter, Olympia. In 2019, Wimbledon was defeated by Simona Halep.
Federer will turn 40, weeks after the Wimbledon tournament will end on July 11, would be looking to be in good form as he is recovering from his knee surgeries. In 2017, he was forced to take a six-month break due to his injuries, but this time, the Swiss player is looking in good shape.
The terms such as “longevity” and “legendary status” would go hand in hand, but the age of 40 is not usually considered a milestone, for either American or Swiss people.
During a recent interview with the Times of India, Federer said, "I had a chat with Pistol Pete Sampras, 10 years ago, and that's when I had turned 30. At that time, I was thinking about how long could I play tennis? I was thinking of hanging up my boots even then! Playing till 40 was never the intention, this decision was changed a few years ago."
Williams had a tough match, which ended in a draw with World No.1 player Ashleigh Barty and also criticized the technology.
During a recent interview with the Times of India, she said, “The way people watch matches, the way players recover, the way their shoes and equipment are made, technology plays an important part and this is why both me and Federer were able to play for such a long time. Generally, people retire at the age of 30 or 32 and some players are currently at this age and are just hitting their strikes."
Williams is used to difficult match situations and some of them have also ended in hard draws. Speaking about the same, she said, "This has made me better. I've had a big X on my back ever since the '99 US Open. All the players work very hard for every tournament that they play in, and especially against me. Sometimes, it can be mentally tough when a player beats you and in the next round after that, they lose to you and that's when I realize that why I am who I am.”
Federer would be facing Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in the first match of Wimbledon. The biggest challenge for him is finding his long-lost form, and currently, he is at his home and practicing on his lawns. The grass on his lawns might not exactly be appropriate for his newly recovered knees and this is something, which he will not be taken lightly, at this time around.
Speaking about his participation in Wimbledon, Federer, while in an interview with the Times of India said, “I still love playing tennis. And as far as the results are concerned, I hope they come around this time and this is one of the reasons why Wimbledon is important for me.”
Whatever happens during the first match at the All-England Club on Monday, till it gets over on July 11, both Williams and Federer are going strong on 40.
Now let's analyze some of the stats of both legendary players.
Tennis player Ashleigh Barty will remain at the top of the WTA rankings during week 82nd and 83rd for the Wimbledon fortnight. The Australian player, who got the No.1 spot on June 24, 2019, is the second player to get the historic milestone after Evonne Goolagong Cawley.
Another player who can take the top spot is Aryna Sabalenka and all she needs to do is to win the tournament and Barty should not qualify for the semi-finals.
A total of eight teenage players are participating in this year’s women’s singles draw, such as Coco-Gauff (17), Clara Touson (18), Emma Raducanu (18), Leylah Fernandez (18), Marta Kostyuk (19), Katie Volynets (19), Wang Zingyu (19) and Amanda Anisimova (19).
This will be Djokovic’s 20th Grand Slam Title, and he would want to equal Federer and Nadal’s record of participating in the Grandest slam men’s singles title.
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