'We know that Roger Federer is not going to play for another...', says former star

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'We know that Roger Federer is not going to play for another...', says former star

Roger Federer is the player who has been number 1 in the world for the longest time, both in terms of total weeks at the top of the ranking (310), both for the total of consecutive weeks, and for the age reached by holding the record.

With 20 triumphs, along with Rafael Nadal, he is the most successful player in the history of men's tennis in Grand Slam tournaments. In 2009 with the victory in Roland Garros he completed the Career Grand Slam. In 2017, by beating Marin Čilić in the final, he became the only man to have won Wimbledon eight times, the oldest and most prestigious tournament in the world.

On 28 January 2018, winning his twentieth Grand Slam, marks one of the most significant feats in the history of sport. From that date to January 27, 2019, he is the only player in history to simultaneously hold the record of trophies won in two different Grand Slam events (8 titles at Wimbledon, absolute record and 6 Australian Open, ex aequo with Djokovic and Emerson).

In an interview with the French edition of GQ magazine, Nicolas Escude claimed that while no one is certain how long Roger Federer will continue playing, everyone knows the Swiss legend won't be around for many more years.

Escude talks about Roger Federer

"Roger Federer said he was not physically ready because of his knee to come and play the Australian Open," Nicolas Escude stated. "But I think the conditions of access to the tournament perhaps did not suit him.

How will this year go in terms of health for tennis? Are all tournaments going to take place? In what conditions ? We just know that Roger Federer is not going to play for another five years." Escude, who scored three wins in seven career meetings against Roger Federer, also refused to write off the Swiss' chances of winning a 21st Grand Slam.

The Frenchman did admit, however, that it would be a difficult task for Roger Federer given that the rest of the field is catching up with the Big 3. "It will be much harder than before," Escude said. "Some young players have gained confidence.

Dominic Thiem won a Grand Slam so that will set him free. Alexander Zverev reached the final, he is not far. Felix Auger-Aliassime arrives and others will rise in the ranks. It becomes tougher at the competition level at the top of the pyramid."