During the inauguration of his new academy, six-time Grand Slam champion Boris Becker also talked about Roger Federer's future. The German, former coch of Roger's rival Novak Djokovic, said: "I would love to see Roger Federer on the ATP Tour.
We are talking about an absolute icon of tennis and sport in general." Becker the added about the Swiss Maestro: "Although we would all be delighted to see him again on the pitch, it must be admitted that it will be hard for him to be competitive again after such a long stop."
Speaking on Eurosport in recent days, Mats Wilander also expressed his opinion on the Swiss legend. He in fact said: "I don't think it's impossible for Roger to come back. He himself has reiterated this on more than one occasion, so it would be surprising if he doesn't get back on the tour.
If he comes back in good shape, he can still play three or four big fights, but I doubt we'll ever see him again in a Grand Slam final. Federer has his enormous wealth of experience, but I'm not sure if it's enough to get the better of Alexander Zverev or Daniil Medvedev at 40-41 years old."
Roger Federer has played very little in the past two seasons due to a serious right knee injury. The former world number 1 played only one tournament in 2020, the Australian Open, where he surrendered to Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.
He hasn't fared much better this year, having racked up just 13 official matches from March to Wimbledon. The Swiss phenomenon has never found an acceptable condition, a feeling that has become more and more evident with the passing of the months.
After the quarterfinals reached at Wimbledon, the 20-time Grand Slam champion has announced that he will have to undergo his third knee operation. The 40-year-old from Basel will start running again at the beginning of the new year, while to play tennis he will have to wait until spring.
The King has confided that he wants to return to the tour in the summer. This means that his presence at Wimbledon 2022 is highly questioned. As if that weren't enough, Federer had to say goodbye to the Top 10 for the first time since 2017.