Last Wednesday, the All England Club made official the cancellation of the Wimbledon tournament due to the pandemic that is putting the world in crisis. The Championships are only the latest in a long series of sporting events that have had to raise the white flag.
Roger Federer is undoubtedly one of the most loved and successful champions in the history of tennis. This season, the Swiss player had set the Wimbledon Championships and the Tokyo Olympics. Unfortunately neither of the two events will take place due to the coronavirus emergency that forced the world of sport to stop.
In an interview with Eurosport prior to Wimbledon being called off, Eurosport presenter and former player Barbara Schett stated the case against Federer whilst backing Djokovic. "It's so hard to say because they are all still playing," she said.
"Roger has won the most Grand Slam titles at the moment and that’s why we choose him now, but certainly Rafa and Novak could overtake him. "We’ll see how Roger recovers from the knee surgery he had. It’s getting harder and harder for him to win Grand Slams and I’m not sure he’ll get as close again as he did at Wimbledon last year, especially as there is every chance Wimbledon won’t take place this year.
He’s not getting any younger – for now, Roger is the greatest of all time, but I think Novak Djokovic will eventually get him." Schett's doubts about Federer were echoed by former Australian doubles player Todd Woodbridge.
"The question that Roger will have to ask himself is how motivated is he to come back for another year?" Woodbridge said to AAP. "Or has this actually helped him? But the less match play that you get in this period at that age, it's so much harder to come back and recover once you start again."