Roger Federer played his first and only 2020 tournament at the Australian Open, where he surrendered in the semifinals to future winner Novak Djokovic. The Swiss phenomenon has undergone two operations on his right knee, deciding to close his season early to recover 100% and return to top form in 2021.
The former world number 1 should make his return to the Australian Open , provided that the Coronavirus emergency allows the Happy Slam to be held. The big goals of the 20-time Grand Slam champion will be Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, which have been postponed by twelve months due to the global pandemic.
According to his team’s words, 2021 may not be the last season of Federer’s career, who is determined to take further satisfaction at nearly 40. In a recent interview, Greg Rusedski explained how the 39-year-old from Basel will not have an easy time returning to the court.
Rusedski on Roger Federer
“Roger Federer is a year by year case, especially after having the knee surgeries as well. You’re not getting the guy in 2017, I’m sorry. Time has passed on,” Greg Rusedski stated.
“When he won tournaments in 2017, the courts were particularly quick, the balls were quick, and he brought a style that people weren’t expecting. They’re expecting that style now, so they know what they’re getting.”
Rusedski believes Roger Federer is still very capable of playing great tennis, but that winning seven matches in a row at a Grand Slam is a different challenge altogether. “Unfortunately, not like a fine bottle of wine like Margaux when it get to 40 years it goes up in value it, it gets every bit harder, the months you miss away from the game,” Rusedski said.
“Six months and 11 months in men’s tennis is a huge difference. Roger Federer can still play great tennis, but to win the Slams is another story.” The Olympics is a huge priority for Roger Federer to compete there because that’s the one thing he doesn’t have, a gold medal in the singles, that he’s desperate for,” Rusedski said.
The Swiss Maestro is looking to make a comeback at the Australian Open 2021. His former coach Stefan Edberg explained that the 39-year-old Federer has been working really hard to make a convincing comeback. After successive knee surgeries, Federer’s fans hope that he would win his 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open and once again take the lead over Rafael Nadal in the Grand Slam tally.