Roger Federer has repeatedly challenged the laws of physics, making a comeback just when the insiders gave it up. Tennis experts had predicted his retirement already after defeating Juan Martin del Potro in the 2009 US Open final.
The Swiss phenomenon experienced the most difficult season of his career in 2013, before relying on Stefan Edberg at the beginning of the 2014, with which he reached three Slam finals (without wins) in the following two years.
The former World number 1 shocked everyone in 2017, when he managed to win the Australian Open after a six-month break from the circuit. In that same year, Federer also triumphed in Wimbledon five years after the last time.
This year, Roger only competed in the Australian Open, then decided to operate on his right knee twice and remain in the pits until the beginning of 2021. Interviewed by ESPN, the former doubles French Open champion Patrick McEnroe advised not to underestimate Federer's class even at the age of 40.
McEnroe on Roger Federer
“I think he can, I think he can,” ESPN analyst Patrick McEnroe told Forbes. “We’ve been saying this for five, six years, it’s not going to get any easier. He pulled the rabbit out of his hat.
Well, he did more than that the last time he came back (in 2017) winning at the Australian and then winning Wimbledon again. So 39, he’s had some time off, he came back refreshed last time, can he do it again? He’s Roger Federer, so I’m not going to say he can’t.
I’m not going to guarantee he’ll win another one but I’m not going to say. We’ve already said before he’ll never win another one and then he won a couple more so let’s hope he can come back and go out with another year or so playing well and being able to be in the mix.
That would be great to see" - he added. No other male tennis player has won 20 major singles titles in the Open Era, and he has been in 31 major finals, including 10 in a row. He has held the world No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings for longer than any other male player.
He was ranked No. 1 at the age of 36 and has won a record eight Wimbledon titles. He won five consecutive US Open titles, which is the most in the Open Era.