Playing at French Open for Roger Federer would have been no sense, says Boris Becker

Boris Becker believes Roger Federer's decision to skip the French Open makes him a strong favourite to lift the trophy a few weeks from now on the grass of Wimbledon. The Swiss player had earlier announced his withdrawal from the May 28-June 11 claycourt major.

By: Express Web Desk | Published:May 30, 2017 1:22 am
roger federer, boris becker, french open, wimbledon, french open 2017, tennis news, sports news, indian express Roger Federer took time off after winning the hard court title in Miami. (Source: AP File)

Boris Becker has backed Roger Federer’s decision to skip this year’s Roland Garros and instead opt to focus on extending his career by working on returning for the grasscourt events. Federer, at 35, returned to tennis after knee surgery last year and the comeback has been sublime. The Swiss legend won Australian Open and followed that up by doing the ‘Sunshine double’ – winning at Indian Wells and Miami.

“If I were his coach, I would have tried to convince him to skip Roland Garros all the way. Playing there would have been no sense,” he told Portuguese outlet Record in regard to Federer opting to sit out the French Open. In the process, Federer missed clay court tournaments for the first time since turning professional in 1998.

“So far he has dominated, he is 35 and I thought from the beginning that he should have rested until the grass-season events,” said Becker who coached Djokovic to the title last year.

“When I knew he wouldn’t have played in Paris, I thought ‘very well, great move.’ It’s very likely that Roger wins Wimbledon this year. He won in Australia, Indian Wells and Miami, then he took time off. I think it’s very likely that he wins his eighth title at the All England Club and the 19th grand slam title of his career,” he went on to add.

 

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