Former Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych says it would be fine if Roger Federer decided against ever again playing a tournament as he insists the Swiss has nothing left to prove. Federer, 40, underwent two knee surgeries last year and a third knee surgery this past August.
Federer has announced that he will miss the Australian Open and revealed that he may not be ready for Wimbledon. "He maybe wants to come back on court and maybe make the call and whether he's going to play his last tournament, for his huge fan base around the world, but if he doesn't it's fine," Berdych told Reuters at the Champions Tennis event in London.
"He has nothing to prove so it's down to him how he feels and how he wants to do it at the end of the day."
Berdych just knew when it was time to retire
"I just woke up one day in the morning and it was like 'this is it'," the Czech said.
Returning to the Tour following a third knee surgery is a major achievement. Even if Federer returns, it won't be easy for him to win the Grand Slams or Majors. "He's going to try to prepare himself as best as possible and he's experienced enough to know that it won't happen at one tournament," Berdych said.
"But, without matches and being 40 years old, it'll be very difficult to judge your level. "If you are in the middle of your career and you get injured for six months and you do a good preparation basically you know what's going to happen when you start to play.
"But I think in this situation he needs to be mentally ready to know that it could be just one match, even if he's done everything possible. It's not easy and then the young guys will be there and won't give him any favours."