Roger Federer had to skip the second part of 2016 with a knee injury, making significant changes ahead of the new season. With Ivan Ljubicic in his box, Federer's backhand has worked like a charm since Melbourne 2017, allowing the Swiss to claim three Major titles within a year and improve his tally to 20.
In 2018, Roger defended the Australian Open crown, lifting his last Major title so far and missing more chances to improve his tally and stay ahead of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the GOAT race. Last month at Roland Garros, Rafael Nadal won his 20th Major title to join Roger Federer at the top of the list, hoping to pass the Swiss in the upcoming year or two.
Jim Courier believes that Roger Federer can still fight for Major trophies and win one of those, although it wouldn't be enough to challenge the great rivals, who will both finish with more Majors than him. In his shortest season in a career, Roger has played only one tournament in 2020, reaching the Australian Open semi-final and skipping the rest of the year after two knee surgeries in February and May.
The Swiss is working hard on a comeback, increasing the practice court's pace and hoping to get ready for the Australian Open 2021, if we will see any action in Australia in January. Roger claimed four ATP titles in 2019 to finish inside the top-3 behind Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, missing a chance to conquer the ninth Wimbledon crown after wasting two match points against Djokovic.
Kicking off the 2020 season at the Australian Open, Roger battled hard against John Millman and Tennys Sandgren to reach the semis and stay on the title course.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are tied on 20 Majors ahead of 2021.
Struggling with a groin injury, Federer saved seven match points against the American in the quarter-final, prevailing but having nothing left in the tank ahead of the next clash!
In the semis, Novak defeated Roger in straight sets, marking the season's last official match for the Basel native. After the record-breaking Cape Town encounter with Rafael Nadal on February 7, Federer underwent knee surgery.
Failing to take the pain away, Roger took another in May, deciding to skip the rest of the already reduced season. Keeping those points from 2019, Federer should launch the new season from inside the top-5, hoping to reach the pre-injury level and compete for notable titles again at 39.
"Novak will win more Majors than Federer and Nadal in the upcoming years. Nadal, I think, will finish second in that competition. Federer maybe has another Major in him. He was so close at Wimbledon last year; let's not forget that Novak stole that one.
It could have easily been Federer at 21 and Djokovic at 16. Nadal has probably got two or three more in him, while Djokovic is somewhere in the range of five or six, all assuming health," Jim Courier said.