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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Tuesday May 11, 2021

Roger Federer, nine-time Wimbledon champion? Why not, says Austria’s Dominic Thiem.

On Tuesday, during his pre-tournament press conference, the World No.4 talked about Federer’s return to the sport, and his chances of winning another major this summer.

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“I guess pretty much everybody is missing him when he's not playing just because of his style, of the way he plays. I mean, in general he's a great guy,” Thiem said. “It's amazing to have him around.”

Thiem, like so many tennis fans, says he is looking forward to seeing what the Swiss can accomplish this summer at Roland Garros and Wimbledon.

“I'm also looking forward to French Open and Wimbledon to see him play again,” Thiem said. “With him, you know, he's just so good and has so unreal skills that I don't think it's that big of a problem if he's not playing for that long. If he's physically 100 percent, I guess that he can still go very deep in the tournament he participates.”

Federer Winning Wimbledon: Why Not?

Journalist Paul Newman of the Independent asked Thiem the question: “Can he go deep enough to win a Grand Slam, especially Wimbledon?”

Here is Thiem’s reply:

“I think so. Why not?” he said. “I think otherwise he wouldn't be playing. He's too good. He had I think too much success in the past also. I guess if he knows that he's not playing for the big titles any more, he wouldn't be playing. So I definitely expect him, especially in Wimbledon, that he can go very, very deep and also play for the title.”

Federer, out of action since his appearance in Doha, where he split two matches and lost in the quarterfinals to Nikoloz Basilashvili, is 1-1 on the season. He will play next week in Geneva before participating in Roland Garros, where main draw begins on May 29.