Roger Federer: Novak Djokovic and Wimbledon warning fired at star by Nicolas Kiefer
That’s the view of former world No 4 Nicolas Kiefer, who saw Roger Federer win his 100th ATP title of his career this weekend.
Federer beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in Dubai on Saturday to make it a century of crowns, with 20 of his titles being Grand Slams.
The Swiss star has been most successful on the grass of Wimbledon, winning eight titles at SW19.
He is set to head to London as one of the favourites again this summer, but will have to be wary of Novak Djokovic.
The Serb has been in remarkable form over the past few months and has won the last three Grand Slams.
That included last year’s Wimbledon and Kiefer knows Federer’s success depends on the form of the current world No 1.
“It’s going to be interesting to see how Federer gets on this season, but I think he can do well at the Masters 1000 events,” Kiefer told Sky Sports.
“It also looks like he will play the French Open, but there’s a big chance that he will win Wimbledon, although I think that all depends on Djokovic
“The last few months Djokovic has been playing too solid.
“Federer now has time off so he will be ready for Indian Wells where I think he can go far.
“But I also believe he is counting on the first few months of the year with Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid, then Roland Garros and the good thing is that he can choose his tournaments and prepare exactly for each tournament he is playing.
“It is not like the youngsters who have to play a lot of tournaments to get matches under their belts, so that also makes a big difference.”
Federer climbed to world No 4 after his win in Dubai, sitting behind Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev.
Federer is only the second man in the Open Era reach three figures in titles, though he still trails American Jimmy Connors by nine.
The 37-year-old will look to close the gap at Indian Wells, where he will enter in the second round.