Roger Federer: 'I should be ranked 800th because I didn't play, and I'm still top-8'

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Roger Federer: 'I should be ranked 800th because I didn't play, and I'm still top-8'

The 20-time Major champion Roger Federer is still ranked in the top-8 despite playing only three tournaments since the beginning of 2020. Keeping his points from 2019 and with that Australian Open 2020 semi-final, Roger is still among the world's best players, although he understands he should have been ranked around the 800th position if we had regular ranking charts.

Roger didn't play for 13 months, staying away from the court since February last year and undergoing two surgeries in February and May. Returning to action this March, Federer experienced early losses in Doha and Geneva, winning one match and suffering defeats against Nikoloz Basilashvili and hoping for a better run at Roland Garros.

"I need to play ten matches to give you a better answer about my level. Things have been going well in practice. When you come back from an injury, you're in a different place than everyone else. I am excited about the comeback and won't be focused on being at the same level as Rafa Nadal or Novak Djokovic right now.

I was happy that the knee didn't feel any different from hard to clay, and I expect the same in the switch from clay to grass. I've never had any major issues going between the surfaces, but with an injury and not having played as long as I have, the concerns are always there.

So far, the clay has been good for me, and I hope it will be good for me for the grass.

Roger Federer has played only three tournaments in 17 months.

Going to Doha, I was particularly worried about the level and the first set I played with Daniel Evans; I won it, and I surprised myself a little.

Now we're on clay; I'm more focused on the clay than my opponent. Once I get healthy and matches under my belt, that will increase my confidence. I think then I'll be a part of the top tier. If you want to be in the top level, you need to play 50, 80 or 100 matches per season, which gets more challenging as you get older.

One thing is for sure; the generation of Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev, Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev have all gotten better with more experience. Dominic Thiem won a Major in the meantime, and Rafa and Novak are still where they are.

You would think that the game has improved again. Everybody is playing completely now. The only help I might have had is the ranking. I should be 800th because I didn't play; I'm still in the top-8. Okay, that's good for being seeded.

But it doesn't change anything for me: if my knee isn't 100 percent, if I'm not 100 percent physically, I know I won't be good enough. It will be an extra challenge to find that level, but it was never going to be simple, whether I was out for three months or almost a year and a half," Roger Federer said.