Swiss player Marc Rosset, who won the men's singles gold medal at the 1992 Olympic Games, says he would not write off Roger Federer who will skip the entire season due to his knee injury, for which he underwent another procedure recently.
Marc Rosset says he will not write off Roger Federer
The 49 year old Rosset says, "Since 2013, as soon as there is an injury from Roger, we tell ourselves that it is the end. It was the same with Nadal. It is clear that two operations, one after the other, on the knee and even if they are only small arthroscopic surgeries, it is complicated.
I really believe in a comeback from Roger. He will not miss a full season with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal who would have usually played ten months of competition. Right now, everyone is at a standstill. In the end, he risks missing between two and three months of competition compared to his main rivals." Rosset says the extended layoff and time with his family could also rejuvenate the Swiss legend.
“He has been on the circuit for 20 years. He has already missed five, six months before making an incredible return to Australia (in 2017). Spending a year at home with his wife and children can also rejuvenate him in many ways.
Personally, I can't see myself saying it's over because these guys are capable of doing incredible things. I don't see why we should bury Roger Federer. It's a complicated season for everyone. I have spoken to him two or three times, I know that he is still very motivated.
He did his program with his trainer. He is having fun, he likes tennis otherwise he would have already stopped a few years ago. A year ago, he led 40-15, two match points in the Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic. I don't think he lost his tennis in a year or his desire to play.
" Marc Rosset also won one Grand Slam doubles title at the French Open in 1992 partnering compatriot Jakob Hlasek. Roger Federer, who has said he would now be back only for the 2021 season, leads the all-time Grand Slam tally list with 20 Grand Slams, followed by Nadal with 19 and Djokovic with 17.