Unlike some other experts, Greg Rusedski can't imagine Roger Federer fighting for Major titles once he returns to tennis. The Swiss hasn't played since the Australian Open in January, undergoing two knee surgeries in February and May and working hard on his comeback that should happen in January.
Rusedski assumes that Federer can't seek Melbourne's title after staying away from the court for so long, targeting Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics as his main goals in 2021. The 39-year-old is taking steady steps on his recovery trail, increasing his training sessions' pace and looking eager to hit the official court in a month and a half.
The 20-time Major champion has experienced the most extended break of his career this year, not competing since the Australian Open and skipping the rest of the season after two knee surgeries. The coronavirus pandemic had turned the tennis season upside down in March, locking the professional tennis courts until August and forcing a much different calendar from what we usually have.
Spending time at home with his family for the last nine months, Roger had to start all over when he fully recovered from the second surgery, hitting the gym and working on his fitness after feeling no pain. Twenty days ago, the Swiss picked up a racquet and hit the tennis court, embracing practice runs and notifying notable weekly improvements.
Turning 40 next August, Roger is still excited about competing and chasing big titles against the world's best players, feeling he has a lot to offer in the closing stages of his career. Following the previous knee injury in 2016, Federer made an impressive comeback and conquered three Majors between the Austrian Open 2017-18, becoming world no.
1 in February 2018 at 36.
Greg Rusedski believes that Roger Federer won't improve his Major tally.
Roger claimed four ATP titles in 2019 to finish the season behind the main rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, missing a chance to conquer the ninth Wimbledon crown after squandering two match points against Novak.
Starting the 2020 season at the Australian Open, Roger battled hard against John Millman and Tennys Sandgren to reach the semi-final, despite setbacks. Struggling with a groin injury, Federer saved seven match points against Tennys in the quarters, prevailing in the decider but losing to Novak Djokovic in straight sets in the next round.
That defeat marked the season's final official match for the Basel native, hoping for a fresh start in 2021 from inside the top-5 after keeping the points from 2019. "Chasing Major titles is going to be a big ask for Roger Federer after spending almost a year away from the game.
For me, he looks at Wimbledon and thinks he can win it again. Also, Roger will set eyes on the singles Olympic Gold, the only thing he hasn't achieved in his career. Australia will present a big ask after not playing tennis for so long. Of course, he can compete on a high level, but I'm not sure he can win Major titles," Greg Rusedski said.