Wimbledon day eight: Highlights from SW19
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Boris Becker has questioned whether Roger Federer is “fit enough” to challenge Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon this year. Djokovic sailed through to the semi finals of Wimbledon with a comfortable victory over Hungarian Marton Fucsovics.
It’s been a straight forward tournament for Djokovic so far as he bids to win the Golden Slam.
The Serbian tennis icon has been unbeatable at Wimbledon over the past few years as well, with his last defeat coming back in 2016.
Federer came agonisingly close to ending Djokovic’s reign in 2019 with the pair playing out a dramatic final.
Djokovic came out on top in that match and has since gone on to break more records and move just one major title away from equalling the record held by Federer and Rafael Nadal.
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Federer has since undergone double knee surgery which has raised questions on how much longer he can compete at the top level.
But he’s slowly come into form at Wimbledon this year and will have one eye on a potential meeting with his old rival in Sunday’s final.
Becker, who won three Wimbledon titles in the 1980s, has been impressed by Federer’s recent form.
And the former world No 1 believes Federer is getting to a place where he can realistically challenge Djokovic for the title.
“I think the reason Roger did start the comeback is to be in that situation in a quarter final,” he said on BBC.
“At 39 you would think recovery time, is he going to get back? Is he going to be fit enough? Is he going to get the form because he hasn’t played much tennis in the last year-and-a-half?
“For him, he’s gradually improved his form.
“I really like the way he played in the last round and in press conferences he spoke very calm, he’s thinking clearly what he has to do next.
“And if there’s one guy who knows how to play on this court, it’s Roger Federer.”
Djokovic will face Canadian Denis Shapovalov in his semi-final, who came back from 2-1 down to beat Karen Khachanov.
Shapovalov has impressed throughout the tournament so far, including a straight-sets wins over Andy Murray.
Federer though must come through a test against Hubert Hurkacz, who is playing in his first Grand Slam quarter-final.
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