Roger Federer’s return post his double knee surgery hasn’t been a fairytale in particular. He lost in early rounds at Doha and Geneva before pulling out of the French Open after his third round match. He lost in the second round at Halle too and has struggled to find momentum.
In the first round at Wimbledon, he survived a potential shock from Adrian Mannarino as the Frenchman retired after the fourth set due to a knee injury he developed in the match.
As for his opponent, Richard Gasquet is also a veteran like Federer and has all the experience in the world. His unorthodox serve style gives him an edge on grass. Although he isn’t in his prime, but has shown some amazing results lately. He lost to Rafael Nadal in the second round at French Open and made it to the quarterfinals of the Nottingham Challenger. This week, he beat Yuichi Sugita in the first round in four sets 7-6(4),4-6,6-2,6-1 to set up an encounter with Federer.
Roger Federer vs Richard Gasquet: Head-to-Head
This will be a whooping 21st meeting between the duo. Federer leads the H2H 18-2. They last met at Madrid Masters in 2019 where the Swiss won in straight sets.
Roger Federer vs Richard Gasquet: Prediction
Roger Federer will go in as the overwhelming favorite on paper to win the match given his record at Wimbledon. But his recent form will be a matter of concern to himself and all his fans around the world. Having said that, he has an incredible record against Gasquet and would fancy an easy encounter given he plays without errors. Expect the Frenchman to trouble Federer at some point in the match.
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