In an exclusive interview with Tennis World USA, the 1996 Wimbledon winner Richard Krajicek commented on how many years Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal still have in tennis. Krajicek, a former world No. 4, said: "With Roger, you should never say never, he has shown that time and time again.
Rafa could play for another couple of years, especially with his new style of play." Asked if he tried to offer Federer a wild card to this year's Rotterdam Open since the Swiss lost relatively early at the Australian Open - to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the fourth round - Krajicek replied: "No, we had discussed the options before and Roger has decided to follow another build-up for his season.
Last year was a unique opportunity as he had the chance to become number one. This year there was no reason for him to change his planning." About the many withdrawals in the tournament, Krajicek said: "We think this year was unlucky, but the semi-finals have shown that a wide range of top-players gives the tournament a good chance for great matches."
The former world No. 4 Richard Krajicek praised Roger Federer's legacy in tennis. The Swiss player brought the sport to the next level drawing record attendance in basically every tournament he played. Last year, by inviting Federer through a wild card invitation, the Rotterdam Open, that is led by Krajicek, was attended by 122,000 people, which had never happened in the past.
"Roger is the biggest star in modern tennis", said Krajicek. "Won the most Grand Slams, is a worldwide icon. It is logical that fans want to see him play and see him do well."