'I think it's possible for Roger Federer to...', says former ATP star

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'I think it's possible for Roger Federer to...', says former ATP star

Roger Federer had to settle for a marginal role in 2021. The former world number 1 never managed to show an acceptable condition, despite the two knee surgeries he underwent last year. The Swiss phenomenon has played a pittance of 13 competitive matches this season, racking up nine wins and four losses.

His best result came at Wimbledon, where he reached the quarterfinals thanks to a rather easy draw. Just when he seemed to have regained some confidence, he was literally annihilated by Hurbert Hurkacz on Center Court. A few weeks later, the King announced that he had suffered a knee relapse and had to operate for the third time in the last year and a half.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion recently revealed that his tour won't be back until summer 2022. In addition to having to forgo the Australian Open, the 40-year-old from Basel could also miss Wimbledon. During a long conversation on Eurosport, Mats Wilander analyzed Federer's situation in detail.

Wilander on Roger Federer

"I think it's possible for Roger Federer to come back," Wilander told Eurosport. "I think if he keeps saying it himself, he obviously has his mind set on coming back. He doesn't get tired.

He listens to his body. But it's getting more and more difficult." The Swede further claimed that Federer may struggle to compete with the physicality of players like Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev. ""I think the bigger problem to me is that these guys are getting really, really good.

(Alexander) Zverev and (Daniil) Medvedev are the guys pushing behind, they are playing huge games of tennis," he said. "And of course, Federer has his serve but how big a weapon is a Roger Federer serve compared to let's say a Zverev or Medvedev serve.

I think that's going to be the reality check." In a recent interview with ESPN, former World No.4 Batata Clerc, revealed what he thinks about Federer’s future. He stated that according to him, the 20-time Grand Slam champion should retire at the Wimbledon Championships 2022 and must not extend his professional career any more than that.

“For me he has to retire at Wimbledon,” said Clerc in the interview. (Translated via Google Translate) Many experts and fans were of the opinion that Federer will announce his retirement right after the Wimbledon Championships 2021 since he has already entered his forties.

However, the Swiss Maestro wants to play more and his retirement plans seem to be very ambiguous right now.