Tennis fans are waiting impatiently for Roger Federer to return to the field at the Australian Open 2021. The Swiss phenomenon has already shown that age is just a number and hopes to increase his score after being joined by Rafael Nadal at 20 Slam .
The former World number 1 played his only tournament of 2020 in Melbourne before undergoing two surgeries on his right knee that kept him in the pits for the rest of the season. As had already happened in 2016, the 20-time Grand Slam champion has decided not to force recovery times to return to 100% at the beginning of 2021.
Federer has already targeted Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, which have been postponed by twelve months to cause of the Coronavirus emergency. The 39-year-old from Basel would like to win the gold medal in singles, one of the few awards still missing from his showcase.
In a recent interview, Greg Rusedski explained how difficult it will be for Roger to get competitive again at nearly 40.
Rusedski on Roger Federer's return
“It’s going to be a big ask after 11 months away from the game.
For me, he’s looking at Wimbledon. He thinks he can win that again, and Olympic Gold, the only thing he hasn’t done in his career. Australia I think is going to be a big ask as Roger Federer has not played tennis for so long,” said Greg Rusedski.
Although Rusedski said that Federer could win the upcoming Wimbledon title, he believes that the Swiss player’s chances in Australia are really bleak. Federer is returning to tennis after almost a year, and things won’t be easy for him.
“The next generation coming up is strong and what can Roger bring to the table at the age of 39?” added the former World No.4. Rusedski didn’t stop here but also added that Federer could play well in some matches.
However, he wasn’t sure whether he would go on to win any Grand Slam titles now. “Can he play well? Of course, he can. Can he win Slams? I’m not so sure. That’s match point against Djokovic at Wimbledon 2019 will be very tough to deal with.
That was his chance to get to 21 Grand Slams and we wait to see if he can get back there again,” continued Rusedski. “When he came back from his last big injury, he had a new racket and big change to his backhand, which helped him get back to the top.
He can’t change too much now, but he will think he has a chance to win Wimbledon one more time,” concluded the 47-year-old.