Physical problems have prevented Roger Federer from playing consistently over the past two seasons. Since the 2020 Australian Open semi-final, his appearances on the pitch have become increasingly sporadic. The former world number 1 underwent two knee surgeries in 2020 before returning to action in Doha last March.
The Swiss phenomenon has never reached a condition that allowed him to fight for the most important titles, having had to settle for a secondary role in recent months. The quarterfinals at Wimbledon have been the King's best result to date, too little for a legend of his caliber.
After the clear defeat at the hands of Hubert Hurkacz at Center Court, the 20-time Grand Slam champion has announced that he will have to operate on his knee again. The 40-year-old from Basel was seen walking on crutches during the Laver Cup in Boston and there is no clear plan for his return to the tour.
In a long interview granted to the 'Wide World of Sports' portal, Todd Woodbridge analyzed the moment Federer is experiencing.
Woodbridge opens up on Federer
"Highly unlikely," Woodbridge said about Roger Federer's chances of winning another Major.
"If he were to win one, I think the only one that he would be able to get through is Wimbledon. He's had another knee surgery ... he's not going to be out on the court for a while," Woodbridge added. "I don't think we're going to see him in Australia (in 2022).
He's not going to win at the French Open, and he's 40 years of age." Woodbridge believes that while Federer has the ability to play some outstanding matches, he does not have enough in his tank to sustain his level throughout a Grand Slam fortnight.
"I think Roger's going to come out and play some nice matches, but winning seven matches to win a Slam, I don't think we're going to see that," Woodbridge added. Swiss maestro Roger Federer ended his 2021 season with a 9-4 win-loss record on the ATP Tour.
Federer participated in only a few tournaments and even there, struggled for full fitness. As a result, his rankings spot got severely hit, hanging on the edge of the Top 10. In the Indian Wells Round of 32, Hubert Hurkacz faced American Frances Tiafoe.
Although they both seemed inseparable on paper, the 24-year-old Pole had the edge based on his consistency. Eventually, Hubert delivered as he defeated the American professional 6-3, 6-2.