Russian tennis star Andrey Rublev says he expects Roger Federer to attempt a comeback but adds it won't be easy for the Swiss to return to a high level following a lengthy absence. Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, has been struggling with a knee problem since 2020.
After the 2020 Australian Open, Federer underwent a knee surgery. The surgery didn't go as expected and a few months later Federer underwent a second knee surgery. Last year, Federer returned but played just five tournaments before he announced a third knee surgery.
It has been nearly a year since Federer last played. In his last tournament played, Federer reached the Wimbledon quarterfinal before losing to Hubert Hurkacz.
Rublev: It won't be easy for Federer to return
"Of course he will try to play a few more tournaments, but to be honest, I think it is very difficult to return after such a long period of absence from the court.
With that dangerous fact, he had a serious injury, it is difficult to get out of it in a short time, and that leaves consequences. Here we see how even Dominic Thiem, who was off the court for almost a year, passed, it is now super difficult for him to return to the phenomenal level to which we are used.
As for Roger himself, I think he has only played a couple of tournaments in the last two years, it is clear how difficult it is to come back from that. Sure it will try, it will be interesting, but I don't know how it will all go," Rublev told Telegraf.
Two weeks ago, Federer posted a positive update in his recovery process. Federer posted a picture from a gym workout and captioned it: "Rehab is rocking." Federer is set to miss the whole clay season and his participation at Wimbledon is highly unlikely. Federer could return in September as he has signed up to play the Laver Cup.