After nearly a couple of years of hiatus, the eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer will make his Grass court comeback at the Noventi Open in Halle, Germany. However, Swiss Maestro believes that the upcoming days will be alright.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion has a win-loss record of 4-2 this year. Significantly, he reached the fourth round of the French Open following back-to-back stunning performances on the red dirt.
Federer is now practising on the Grass surface with his team in front of the Noventi Open, defending champion and 10-time title winner. In the ATP Tour calendar, a 500 category event runs from 14th to 20th June 2021 in Halle.
“Clearly, it’s time, and hopefully, this is where the season starts for me. Practising on grass is always fun, supernatural,” Federer said in an interview in Halle.
Swiss continued, “I’m still taking things easy. The knee always needs extra care, and I will try to push more in practice this afternoon or tomorrow. I hope it will react well to the grass, and I don’t have any negative reactions. I am confident I will be fine in the coming days.”
“It’s a Good Surface”: Roger Federer on Halle Courts
In addition, It will be Federer’s 18th appearance in the Noventi Open since 2010. Moreover, he has won 68 out of 75 matches and ten singles and one doubles title in Halle.
“Everything, all my strengths (on grass) get amplified: the slider wide, the slice, taking the ball early and the returns. Where many players think these are difficult things to do, for me, it comes naturally. For that reason, it’s a good surface, but you have to be very creative on this surface, a positive thinker, and I can’t think of finding a rhythm as it’s faster here in Halle than they are at Wimbledon,” Federer added.
Roger has disclosed that one goal is to lift the title at the championships in SW19. Undoubtedly, Federer returning to Halle may help him bring his body in good shape before Wimbledon, where he reached the 12th final in 2019.
Federer also emphasised, “But the body has to get ready for the grass-court season. Usually, I get a stiff back or feel my glutes, my hamstrings or groin get challenged a little bit at the start like they do at the beginning of the clay-court season. It normally takes me one day to feel comfortable on the grass, maybe not even that.”
Wimbledon 2021 will occur from 28th June to 11th July on outdoor Grass Courts in London, England.