'Roger Federer, Nadal, Djokovic are no longer 19 and...', says former Top 5



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'Roger Federer, Nadal, Djokovic are no longer 19 and...', says former Top 5

The day of Roger Federer's return to the field is getting closer and closer. The Swiss champion, after two surgeries on his right knee in 2020, has not played a game since the Australian Open semifinal lost to Novak Djokovic last season.

Now Federer himself has announced the "countdown" on his social networks: on 8 March he will take the field in the Doha tournament, which he has already won on three occasions (the last in 2011). “The countdown towards Doha begins.

One week left,” the 39-year-old 20-year-old winner wrote on Twitter. For most of his fans, the sight of Roger Federer lifting another Wimbledon trophy would be a dream come true. It would also be the proof they need that the Swiss extend his career beyond 2021.

But not for Michael Stich; the former World No. 2 believes that a ninth Wimbledon title would serve as the perfect setting for Federer to announce his retirement. He also talked about Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

Stich on the Big 3

In that context, Michael Stich claimed he would like to see the younger generation take over while the Big 3 are still active, rather than wait for the legends to fade away.

"It's up to the young generation now and Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are no longer 19," Stich said. "They are all 22, 23, 26. Dominic Thiem achieved it at the US Open. One would of course wish that they actively shape this transition, but that is looking into the future.

As a spectator and fan, I naturally wish that the passing of the torch would still happen during the active time of the 'Big 3'," Stich continued. "It's the big goal of all young players that they would like to beat a Roger Federer, a Novak Djokovic, and a Rafael Nadal in a Grand Slam final."

Roger Federer is undoubtedly one of the greatest players of all time. His energy, enthusiasm, and physical fitness are all unparalleled even at the age of 39. The Swiss Maestro holds several records in the sport and is a 20-time Grand Slam champion.

However, he is not invincible and can be defeated. Roger Federer is trailing in his head-to-head record against both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. The reason is that both the players are deep grinders and baseliners as they both stay back at their baselines and target most of their shots at Federer’s baseline.

This doesn’t give a chance to Federer to approach the net as much as he would like, which subsequently results in him losing points.