'They’ll come up and meet and be as good as Roger Federer', says legend



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'They’ll come up and meet and be as good as Roger Federer', says legend

Roger Federer's return to the circuit is becoming increasingly imminent. The Swiss phenomenon, whose last official appearance dates back to the 2020 Australian Open, missed the first seasonal Grand Slam this year by giving up the Down Under away match for the first time in the last 23 editions.

The former world number 1 announced a few weeks ago that his return will take place in Doha, exceptionally scheduled for the second week of March due to the global pandemic. In the absence of further hitches, the 20-time Grand Slam champion will also take part in the ATP 500 in Dubai the following week, while his presence at the Masters 1000 in Miami has become very unlikely.

The 39-year-old from Basel plans to play the season on clay, hoping to be 100% found for Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics in the summer. In the course of a recent interview on Fox Sports, the legendary Rod Laver analyzed Federer's remaining chances of putting at least one other Major on the board.

Recall that in 2021 the fourth edition of the Laver Cup will also be held in Boston.

Laver on Roger Federer's status

While Roger Federer is absent from the ongoing Australian Open due to a knee injury, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are both through to the quarterfinals and could add to their title count this week.

In that context, Rod Laver is not ruling out the possibility of the status quo changing in the future, as the Spaniard and the Serb continue to chase further Grand Slam glory. "But give some of the other guys a little bit more time, maybe they’ll come up and meet and be as good as Roger," Laver added.

"Djokovic is certainly on his way (along with Nadal), because he won a huge amount of tournaments and his consistency is amazing." While Laver believes Federer has very little chance of picking up another Roland Garros trophy, he claimed that the Swiss is a strong candidate for the last two Slams of the year.

"I wouldn’t think too much about him winning the French, but I think Wimbledon is certainly going to be there and the US Open," the Aussie legend said. "I think he can win more tournaments." Superstar Spaniard Rafael Nadal missed out on equaling old foe Roger Federer’s record for winning the highest number of consecutive sets in Grand Slam tournaments.

The Swiss icon, who skipped this year’s Australian Open citing lack of fitness, set his incredible mark between 2006 and 2007.