Swedish tennis legend Mats Wilander has never been afraid to call him the way he sees him and was bold enough to recall the tactics of Roger Federer in his heartbreaking final defeat against Wimbledon against Novak Djokovic.
Wilander, who won seven grand slams but never made it through the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, questioned Federer's decision to play against the Serbian when he had match points.
"Djokovic would never have gone," Wilander told The Equipe. "It is fundamental, it serves in the weak point of your opponent."
Wilander believes that Federer is paying the price for how much he was above his rivals from 2004 to 2007 when he won 11 of a possible 12 Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open.
"In those vital moments, Federer was paying for the years between 2004 and 2007, where he dominated his rivals so much that he never had to play an important game," said Wilander.
"He wasn't tested well then, it was too easy for him, so he didn't improve tactically.
"Today, however, he faces boys like Rafa Nadal and Djokovic, who are the masters in these tactical questions, and he doesn't play the important points correctly."
A viral tweet showing a side by side comparison of Federer's almost identical approach to the match point against Djokovic at 8-7 40-30 in the fifth set and against Andy Murray in 2012 showed how close the line is between ecstasy and agony.
Wilander had been realistic about Federer's pre-tournament odds, labeling him as his best chance to claim the 21st slam title, but rated him behind Djokovic and his semi-final opponent Rafael Nadal.
"Wimbledon is the best chance (of Federer) … this is the only one that has the chance to win", said the Eurosport tennis analyst.
"He is not the favorite. Because of the five sets, I think we don't know how he will react in a couple of five-set games. I'm not sure Federer can win in five sets.
"I would say they are Novak, Roger and Rafa (Nadal), basically the same as ever. I think Novak has a slight advantage over the other two because of what happened to the French (Open)."
It has been proven correct on this point and, despite some claims that it is a normal Federer hater, Wilander has also been criticized for being in the Swiss corner.
He said the Australian Open officials should have declared the doctor's condition to Federer a couple of years earlier. "If I were a tournament director, I would speed up the field so Roger Federer could play for another three or four years. Probably the best thing in professional sports," Wilander said.
Federer was not strongly questioned about his tactics after the match, but he said: "It was long and had everything. I had my chances, but he too. I must be happy with my performance. But congratulations Novak, it was crazy. I hope to give other people the chance to believe in the whole world. I gave everything I had and I can still resist. "
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