2021 brought no luck to Roger Federer, whose appearances on the pitch were limited by problems in his right knee. The Swiss star played a pittance of 13 competitive matches last year, racking up nine wins and four losses. His season ended at Wimbledon, where he reached the quarter-finals thanks to a not impossible draw.
A few weeks later, the King announced that he had suffered a knee relapse and had to undergo surgery for the third time in the past 18 months. The 40-year-old from Basel hopes to return to the pitch this summer, but his presence at the Championships is highly doubtful.
The former world number 1 wants to treat himself to one last ride, especially after seeing the triumph of his eternal rival Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open. Thanks to the victory in Melbourne, the Spaniard overtook Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic to reach 21 Majors.
In a long interview with the 'Tennis365' portal, Justine Henin admitted that it will be very difficult for Roger to be competitive again at almost 41 years old.
Justine Henin on Roger Federer
Tennis great Justine Henin feels it will be "very difficult" for Roger Federer to win another Grand Slam title if he returns from his latest knee surgery.
"We will see and we all hope, but we also know it is going to be very difficult," Henin said. "It doesn’t change anything at the end, does it? They (Federer, Nadal and Djokovic) made history and one day they will stop.
That is the only [thing] we know. They will stop tennis one day." The Belgian also explained how being great competitors can help Federer, Nadal and Djokovic when they try to return from injury layoffs. "I hope they (the Big 3) are going to stay in shape," Henin continued.
"I wouldn’t like to see them in big trouble and hope they can be still competitive when they play, and I think they have this [in] them. When you won so many Grand Slams, I think you are such an amazing competitor.
So, if they come back it is because they have the feeling they can do something and with Roger, it is still too early to say." Recently, Federer has been sidelined owing to injuries. He last played at The Championships, Wimbledon in June last year.
The former World Number 1 had to miss the latter part of the previous season after undergoing surgery on a long-standing knee problem. The Swiss legend would want to make a comeback at Wimbledon. However, he had admitted that he would be extremely surprised if he could play at Wimbledon.