Roger Federer hasn't won a Grand Slam for three years now, although fans will still have in mind the atrocious insult he suffered in the 2019 Wimbledon final. The Swiss phenomenon, absent from the circuit for many months, has maintained a place in the Top 5 thanks to the new ranking system and will try to get further satisfaction on his return to the field.
The former world number 1 has decided to skip the Australian Open for the first time in the last 23 editions, with the intention of being in top form for Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics (twelve months slippage due to the pandemic global).
Almost 40 years old, the Basel legend is faced with more and more questions about his actual chances of being competitive again for the most prestigious titles. Wimbledon and the Australian Open have been King Roger’s most successful Grand Slams in the last decade, but many believe the Swiss can still do well at the US Open (in which he has not won since 2008).
Speaking on the Tennis Channel, former American tennis star Chanda Rubin analyzed Federer's chances in this 2021.
Rubin on Roger Federer
"I think the most likely thing to say is Wimbledon," Chanda Rubin said on Tennis Channel.
"That's where Roger Federer is so good but I'm going to go with the US Open. I think he's going to need just a little more time, that may do him some good. I was going to go with the finals or potentially winning [the US Open].
I know he hasn't won there since 2008 so it may be a little unlikely but I think Federer is good for another major this year and I think it might be there." For now, the focus turns to the 2021 Australian Open without Federer in the field.
Djokovic heads into the tournament as favourite with Nadal still recovering from an injury sustained during the ATP Cup. But Dominic Thiem's triumph at the US Open last year suggests the next generation of players are closer than ever to giving the 'big two' a run for their money.
After his semi-final loss to eventual champion Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open last, Federer underwent surgery on a troublesome knee and announced a break from tennis thereafter to allow himself enough time for recovery.
Speaking at an awards gala in his homeland later last year, the Swiss icon revealed that he was unsure of competing at Melbourne Park this year as his recovery was still behind schedule.