'Roger Federer seems to have been holding back the years for...', says former star



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'Roger Federer seems to have been holding back the years for...', says former star

The Swiss tennis player Roger Federer has faced an injury in recent months that has kept him away from the playing fields for over a year. The Swiss champion is out of the semifinal of the Australian Open 2020, a match that saw him defeated in the umpteenth clash of his career against the world number one Novak Djokovic.

A double surgery has curbed the desire to return of the expert tennis legend, winner of 20 Grand Slam titles. In these days Federer has celebrated the twentieth anniversary of his first ATP success, won in Italy, in Milan, on February 4th 2001.

A very young Roger managed to win this trophy by beating Frenchman Joulien Boutter in the final, a tennis player who will probably remain in history more for this final than for the rest of his career. The match ended with the result of 6-4; 6-7 (7); 6-4 with Federer who did not let himself be knocked down by the defeat of the second set and who then closed the qualification speech.

In that tournament, however, the most sensationalists were the victories in the quarter-finals and in the semifinals, respectively against two tennis legends like Goran Ivanisevic and Yevgeny Kafelnikov. Although tennis' Big Three of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are all coming towards the end of their careers, former WTA star Annabel Croft still reckons they will have enough to dominate this season.

Croft reflects on Roger Federer's chance

"Roger Federer seems to have been holding back the years for most of the last decade and we have learned never to write him off, but does he have it in him to make one more all-conquering comeback?" - Annabel Croft said.

"Although Federer has made successful returns from lengthy breaks in the past – he came back in 2017 after six months out to win three of his next four Grand Slam tournaments – he will have been absent for 11 months.

In the meantime Thiem, Zverev and some of the other young guns have taken their games to new levels, while Djokovic and Nadal have continued to prove their durability" - she added. Recently, a video of Djokovic surfaced in which he is playing ‘Guess Whom’ with Andy Lee.

Both Novak Djokovic and Andy Lee had to guess each other’s players. During the game, there came a point when Novak lost his cool after he chose to pick his Swiss colleague and rival Roger Federer as the calmest person. To his surprise, Andy had chosen the Serb himself as the calmest person.