Sport Roger Federer 'playing the best tennis of his life' says Rod Laver while assessing his French Open chances

15:45  21 april  2017
15:45  21 april  2017 Source:

Roger Federer doesn't have good memories in Italy: FIT chief takes aim over Italian Open absence

  Roger Federer doesn't have good memories in Italy: FIT chief takes aim over Italian Open absence The 35-year-old plans to rest up ahead of the French Open.Federer has enjoyed a thrilling start to the 2017 season, securing titles at Indian Wells and the Miami Open after his exhilarating Australian Open success at the start of the year. The 18-time grand slam champion now plans to lighten his work load ahead of the French Open at the end of the month.

Australian legend Rod Laver says Roger Federer is playing the best tennis of his life , and has made a huge call about his French Open hopes. 35-year-old Federer is off to a red-hot 19-1 start in 2017, winning the Australian Open , Indian Wells and Miami Open titles.

Tennis - Australian tennis legend Rod Laver says that playing the French Open could hurt Roger Federer 's chances for succeeding at Wimbledon. In an interview to The San Deigo Tribune, Laver says , "My gut feeling is that he will play the French .

Roger Federer © Provided by IBT Media (UK) Roger Federer

Roger Federer could be playing the best tennis of his life at the moment according to tennis legend Rod Laver.

The Swiss ace suffered a knee injury in 2016 and decided to take a six-month break from the game to recover. That was the first time since 2001 that Federer failed to win a title having picked up at least one in every season previously.

The 35-year-old returned from injury at the start of the year at the Australian Open amid question marks over his future in the sport. He was ranked 17th in the world and talks were about how early Federer will get knocked out due to lack of match practice and fitness.

'We will sit and speak about it': Roger Federer unsure if he will take part in the French Open

  'We will sit and speak about it': Roger Federer unsure if he will take part in the French Open Federer had previously revealed that he would take a 10-week break before playing in Roland Garros.The Swiss ace has had a career renaissance this year, winning his first Grand Slam in the Australian Open since 2012 before going on to win titles in Indian Wells and in Miami.

Rodney George " Rod " Laver AC, MBE (born 9 August 1938) is an Australian former tennis player widely regarded as one of the greatest in tennis history. He was the No. 1 ranked professional from 1964 to 1970, spanning four years before and three years after the start of the Open Era.

Pete Sampras, before playing his third exhibition match with Roger Federer , Macau, China, Nov. 23, 2007.[20]. Rod Laver , winner of 11 Grand Slams, considered by some the greatest player to ever play the game of tennis .[32].

The former world number one decided to go against the script and make it all the way to the final and win his 18th Grand Slam title, his first since his win at Wimbledon in 2012. Federer did not stop there. He confirmed he is back to his best level by capturing titles at the BNP Paribas Masters and the Miami Masters and is currently on a 19-1 win-loss streak — his best start to a season since 2006.

"He was playing like this 10 or 15 years ago, but his timing is perfect at this juncture," Tennis World USA, quoted Laver as saying. "He used to miss-hit a lot of balls at varying times, with chances to break serve. In the Miami final, I think he miss hit one ball, a forehand that went out about 5 or 10 feet. It's uncanny."

"I might venture he's playing the best tennis of his life. You'd like to be a fly on the wall as he thinks about all of this."

Federer not certain to play French Open

  Federer not certain to play French Open Discussing whether he will return for the French Open, Roger Federer said: "I will have to see how I feel when I get on the clay."Roger Federer may yet extend his break from competitive action and skip the French Open if he feels he is not "really fired up" to compete at Roland Garros.

Federer is apparently playing better than ever each passing year. Laver forgets to understand Nadal is not at his best either, its just Nadal declined way too rapidly than Fed did, this doesn't make him a better player than his prime.

His first final came at the Marseille Open in 2000, where he lost to fellow Swiss Marc Rosset.[57] Federer won the 2001 Hopman Cup representing Switzerland, along with Martina Hingis.[58][59][60] The duo ^ " Roger Federer is greatest player of all time says Australian tennis legend Rod Laver ".

Despite his current form, Federer has maintained that he will not play as many tournaments like in the past as staying fit is his main priority rather than chasing the top spot in world rankings. The world number four announced an eight-week break and is set to miss the ongoing clay court swing of the season in Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid and Rome, while his participation at the French Open is also in doubt.

However, the 11-time Grand Slam winner has backed Federer to return to action at Roland Garros and has even backed him to win it owing to the form he is displaying this season.

"It's pretty amazing, the 'What will I do?' He's playing so well at the moment. My gut feeling is that he will play the French," Laver added.

"The way he's playing, it isn't a far-reaching situation for him to win the French."

Federer confirms French Open plans .
Despite taking the clay-court season off to rest and recuperate, Roger Federer will attempt to win his second French Open title.Roger Federer has confirmed his intention to play the French Open for the first time in two years.

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