6 times Grand Slam champion and former world number 1 Mats Wilander recently talked about the return of Roger Federer who’s been on the sidelines since Wimbledon 2021 and has finally ended his season after undergoing a knee surgery that left him on crutches and plans to miss the first half of the 2022 season.
However, Federer, who turned 40 in August of this year, is looking forward to returning to the Tour and has made plans to ensure he competes next year. While he will miss the Australian Open for the 2nd year in a row and by his own admission, he will be surprised if he can play at Wimbledon Championships 2022.
Speaking about the return of the 20-time Grand Slam champion, Wilander had some thoughts of his own about the challenges facing Federer to return to his age and the growing competition on the trip. tour.
“I think he can come back. I think if he keeps saying that, it’s clear he’s intending to come back. He doesn’t feel tired. He knows how to listen to his body, but it’s getting harder and harder. I think the bigger problem for me is that these people are getting really, really good.
“(Alexander) Zverev and (Daniil) Medvedev are the ones being pushed behind, they are playing very big tennis matches. And of course, Federer has his serves but a big weapon is a Roger Federer serve versus a Zverev or Medvedev serve. I think that would be the reality check. I don’t think Roger Federer will play too many matches on the Tour,” Wilander said.
Roger Federer can’t even run this year
With this year’s surgery being the second in two years, The road to recovery is quite difficult this time. In a recent interview, Federer revealed that he will start running in January 2022 and only start tennis training in April or May.
“He realized he still had a chance to win – maybe not a big one, maybe not a final – but three or four games. I think it’s worth getting him back in his mind. I’m sure Roger was curious to see if it could be done at 41. I don’t think he’ll know until he’s stepped onto the pitch in at least a two- or three-set match against the likes of Zverev and Medvedev.” to add Wilander.
What’s in store for Federer next season is certainly a mystery but just the prospect of the Swiss Maestro returning to the court will be a huge joy for tennis fans.
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