Roger Federer’s former coach Paul Annacone has backed the Swiss star to remain on the high of the sport for not less than one other two years owing to his resurgence in 2017.
The Swiss ace received two Grand Slam titles in 2017 after a 4 yr drought – his final coming at Wimbledon in 2012.
Federer was not anticipated to problem from the get go in 2017 owing to his prolonged harm absence in 2016, however it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The 36-year-old returned to tour rejuvenated and received his first rating event after spending six months out – the Australian Open.
The 19-time Grand Slam champion returned with a brand new aggressive model of tennis and completed the season with seven titles. He began the yr ranked quantity 18 on the planet however ended it at quantity two solely behind fellow veteran and long-time rival Rafael Nadal.
Regardless of Federer being aggressive all through the season, he maintained his ‘health first’ mantra all year long and performed a restricted schedule to stay recent for the vital occasions. He skipped all the clay courtroom swing of the marketing campaign to concentrate on the grass and exhausting courtroom occasions, and it paid off as he received a file eighth Wimbledon title.
Annacone believes Federer – a ‘freak of nature’ – can proceed to problem for the most important titles for not less than two extra years owing to his potential to choose and select the tournaments he needs to play in the course of the course of the season. The Swiss star’s former coach refers to Pete Sampras, who got here again in 2002 to win the US Open after a two-year Grand Slam title drought in what his remaining event earlier than retirement.
Nevertheless, 2018 is prone to be more durable, with Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka all coming back from harm layoffs. The aforementioned trio missed huge chunks of the 2017 marketing campaign because of their respective accidents.
“After watching Pete and what he went by means of after which win the US Open in 2002, I sort of held up my arms and determined by no means to foretell what an amazing athlete can do,” Annacone told Express Sport.
“As a result of these guys are the extra exception than the rule. With Roger he’s so completely different and such a freak of nature in a great way that I do not know what to foretell anymore.
“Whenever you take a look at his expertise units and the way properly Roger performed in huge moments this yr, I do not know why he cannot maintain that for one more, as an instance, 12 to 24 months,” he defined.
“Once more a lot of it at this stage of his profession is about staying wholesome,” Annacone added. “And ensuring he performs his greatest tennis on the huge moments, which he is superb at scheduling smart.”
“However now we have now a good time for tennis the place we hope we have now a wholesome Andy Murray on the stage for 2018, a wholesome Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka.
“If we get that once more, plus Rafael Nadal, plus Grigor Dimitrov and Alexander Zverev utilizing up, it will be an amazing 2018,” Federer’s former coach stated.