It was the proper begin to the grass court docket season for Roger Federer on the Halle Open final week, defeating David Goffin within the ultimate in straight units for his 10th title on the German match.
However the true check begins this subsequent week when Wimbledon begins.
He enters the match because the second seed, with Rafael Nadal dropping down to 3rd.
Final 12 months proved a disappointment for Federer as he exited on the quarter-final stage in a shock defeat to South African Kevin Anderson – his worst efficiency at SW19 since 2013.
He hasn’t faired a lot better within the 2019 Grand Slams, exiting within the fourth spherical on the Australian Open, though reaching the semi-finals on his first return to the French Open since 2015 could possibly be seen as a hit.
But it surely’s at Wimbledon the place Federer feels most comfy and shall be gunning for his ninth title.
And the 37-year-old appears in excessive spirits forward of the draw on Friday, posting an image of him in all white on Centre Court docket accompanied with the caption, “Again”.
Wimbledon has nearly acted as a second house to Federer, such is the extent of assist he receives on the match.
And it’s clear followers are as keen as ever to see Federer in motion when the match begins on July 1.
One individual replied: “That is actually the place the place you look the best.”
One other wrote: “Can’t wait to see you dance throughout that court docket.”
A 3rd posted: “Again the place you belong.”
Novak Djokovic enters the match as favorite, having received three of the final 4 Grand Slam titles.
However there may be additionally some expectation that some NextGen abilities equivalent to Stefanos Tsitsipas will break by way of and maybe trigger an upset.
Rafael Nadal in the meantime had his greatest efficiency at a Wimbledon match final 12 months since 2011, reaching the semi-finals earlier than shedding in opposition to Djokovic in a five-set thriller.