Serena Williams’ career, like that of Roger Federer, spanned more than two decades. Many believe this edition of Wimbledon could be the last for the Americans and the Swiss, both looking for a final culmination to put the icing on the cake.
Serena is desperately trying to win her 24th Grand Slam title, which will allow her to match the absolute record held by Margaret Court. In the past two seasons, young buds such as Naomi Osaka and Bianca Andreescu have robbed him of this opportunity.
Who knows if the Osaka deal – along with Simona Halep due to injury – won’t help Williams. Suffice it to say that the American has a whopping record of 98 wins and 12 losses on this surface (plus a finalist in the last two editions of the tournament).
More complicated is the case of Federer, who has played very little for a year and a half due to double surgery on his right knee. The 39-year-old from Basel doesn’t seem to have much chance of reaching the finish, but it would be a big mistake to underestimate the pride of a legend of his caliber.
Serena Williams and Roger Federer are playing Wimbledon at around the age of 40.
“Well, I feel like people can always say they can play longer. Technology has played a big role in that.
“The way we see the game, the way we recover, the way we make our shoes, the way our devices are made, I think technology plays a huge role in whether Roger Federer and I are able to play for the long haul,” Serena Williams said.
The former world number one emphasized the importance of using technology to explain the longevity of many tennis players. “Usually, people retire at age 29, 30, 32 or younger.
So I get the impression that there are a lot of guys at this age who have reached their breaking speed. And whether it’s me or Roger, I think it’s a combination of everything, including technology,” the 23-time Grand Slam champion concluded.
Federer showed at Roland Garros last month that he is still a force to be reckoned with in top form out of five. His experience allows him to intelligently handle the workload of long matches and also increases his chances of defending himself if things don’t go the way he wants.
In addition, the turf is one of the fastest surfaces, which enhances Federer’s naturally aggressive play. The Swiss will have an easier time keeping points short, as he seeks to keep his body ahead of a grueling two weeks.