Former US Open finalist Greg Rusedski says that it is going to be difficult for Roger Federer to challenge for the Grand Slams when we start again. 38 year old Federer, who has won a record 20 Grand Slam titles in his career, underwent knee surgery in February prior to the tennis shutdown.
Rusedski says that winning major titles at 39 for Roger Federer will be very tough
In an interview to Tennis365, the former World No. 4 Rusedski says, "Obviously, the coronavirus is a very serious situation and everyone’s health has to be our priority right now, but this break has given Roger time to recover from his latest injury.
That said, I think it’s going to be pretty difficult for him to challenge for the Grand Slams when we start again. He will be 39 by then and winning major titles at that age will be very tough. Rusedski adds “I have been watching videos of Novak Djokovic practising, Nadal is back on the court and I just don’t see what new dimensions Federer can bring into his game at this stage to win Grand Slam titles at this stage of his career if those two guys are at their best.
Last year at the US Open, Roger got tired in the heat and lost out in the quarter-finals and while it would be a great story if he could win it, I still think Djokovic and Nadal are the guys the rest will need to beat. Then you have Federer next in that list and you can never discount him”.
Roger Federer has won more Grand Slam singles titles than any other male tennis player in history with 20. His record is being chased by Nadal, who has 19 Slams and Djokovic, who has won 17 Slams. Federer is the only player to win 5 consecutive titles at the US Open (2004–08).
Federer has won a record eight Wimbledon men's singles titles, six Australian Open titles and one French Open title, besides his five US Open titles.. He is one of eight men to have achieved a Career Grand Slam and has reached a record 31 men's singles Grand Slam finals.
Federer has also won a record six ATP Finals titles, 28 ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles, and a record 24 ATP Tour 500 titles.