Richard Gasquet: Roger Federer is Lionel Messi of tennis
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France's Richard Gasquet has no doubt who is the greatest tennis player of all time as says Roger Federer is the "Lionel Messi of tennis." Federer, 40, is a 20-time Grand Slam champion and former world No. 1. Federer is tied with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic on the all-time Grand Slam record list.
"Roger Federer is by far the best. He has no equal in history. He is the Lionel Messi of tennis," Gasquet said of Federer, per We Love Tennis. Recently, former world No. 1 Jim Courier said it's not realistic to expect Federer to ever again win a Grand Slam.
"I agree on Roger. It's very realistic about his chances. He has talked about maybe not even playing until 2023. So we will see. We will have our fingers crossed for him. and hope that we get to see him very competitively next season," Courier said during his appearance on Tennis Channel.
Federer still attempting a comeback
Federer underwent a third knee surgery in the past year and a half but he is not ready to quit. "I'm disappointed but I don't want to rush the times," Federer said. "Going back to the courts at the age of 40-41-42...
It doesn't change much, the important thing is to go back. "Who knows if I will be a commentator in the future, now I work to return to play and comment on the games from the pitch ... " Federer revealed that he may not be ready to play at Wimbledon next year.
"I felt that the US Open was also very fast, I miss matches. I had a great career and I'm not complaining, but it would have been nice to be in Turin, it's a shame," Federer said. "Wimbledon? Looking at the calendar today, it is very complicated.
There is a small chance but I don't want to be too loaded with expectations. "If I am there, it will be for fun. In April or May I will give updates if I will be there or not, now it is too early to tell."