'I would be surprised if Roger Federer played...', says former ATP star

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'I would be surprised if Roger Federer played...', says former ATP star

Roger Federer will turn 40 on 8 August and many are wondering if he can still be competitive at the highest levels. This week there was great anticipation for his return to Geneva, in what represented his first test on the red.

The Swiss phenomenon wet his debut on the chopped brick as bad as he could, yielding in three sets to the not irresistible Spaniard Pablo Andujar. The collapse of the 20-time Grand Slam champion in the final game is emblematic, when he suffered a three-game of four consecutive games, throwing a break ahead.

The former world number 1 will therefore show up at Roland Garros with very few matches in his legs, an aspect that worries his fans about a month and a half after the start of Wimbledon. In a recent interview with the 'Industria del Tenis' portal, the two-time Roland Garros finalist Alex Corretja discussed the chances of King Roger in this 2021.

In the opinion of the Spaniard, the Swiss wants to end his career in the best possible way.

Corretja opens up on Roger Federer

"I would be surprised if he (Roger Federer) played many more years," Alex Corretja said.

"I think Federer is preparing to say goodbye in a big way and getting ready to come back to compete with everything. It is what you are looking for." Alex Corretja also asserted that he sees Rafael Nadal playing till the age of 37 at the very least.

In that time, Corretja expects the 34-year-old to add even more titles to his Grand Slam tally. "Keep in mind that Rafael Nadal has at least two more years left and he will take advantage of them to try to add a Grand Slam," Corretja said.

"I see him qualified for it." Being sponsored by Japanese retail giant, Uniqlo, Roger Federer understandably has a close connection with Japan. And during the Asian leg of the 2018 ATP season, he made a pit stop in Japan to visit his new sponsors.

He had a full trip with his family and will go to Japan again this year for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In a recent interview with Uniqlo, Federer revealed some of the ‘firsts’ he achieved on his trip to Japan. He had never visited Kyoto before and hadn’t ever ridden the bullet train either.

It was a personal goal for Federer to visit Japan and show it to his family. “That was a great experience, to be honest. It’s the first time I went to Kyoto, first time I was on the bullet train as well. And my family or my wife and us we always talked about traveling Japan extensively."