Wilander: "I doubt Roger Federer will get a Grand Slam final"

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Wilander: "I doubt Roger Federer will get a Grand Slam final"

Speaking to Eurosport, seven-time Slam champion Mats Wilander expressed some doubts about the competitiveness of Roger Federer, who recently confided that he will resume racing at the beginning of 2022 and training with the racket in March-April, and then come back on the court in the Summer.

His participation in Wimbledon is still in doubt. Wilander said: "I don't think it's impossible for Roger Federer to come back. He has reiterated this himself on more than one occasion, so it would be quite surprising if he doesn't get back on the Tour.

At the same time, I think the biggest problem is that the Next Gen have become really strong. Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev made a further qualitative leap in 2021, they seem ready to reach the top of the ranking. Roger has a huge amount of experience, but I'm not sure it's enough to win at 40-41.

I think Federer can still play three or four great fights, which would be a good reason to come back. However, I doubt that he will be able to reach Grand Slam finals again. He won't have a certain answer until he takes the field against the various Zverevs, Medvedevs, Tsitsipas and all the others.

" 2021 was certainly not the year of rebirth for Roger Federer. The former world number 1 hoped to get some more satisfaction after undergoing two knee surgeries in 2020. The Swiss champion on the other hand, played the misery of 13 official matches, with a far from exciting result of nine wins and four defeats.

His last appearance of him dates back to Wimbledon, where he was clearly beaten by Hurkacz in the quarter-finals. The 20-time Grand Slam champion even suffered a bagel in the third set, which speaks volumes about his current difficulties.

Due to a knee relapse, the King was forced to undergo surgery again and to close his season early.

Wilander: "There are too many opponents for Roger Federer"

Interviewed by Eurosport, seven-time Slam champion Mats Wilander expressed doubts about Roger Federer's chances of coming back to competition.

Wilander said: "I think Roger Federer will return to play on the ATP Tour. He himself confirmed this several times, so it would be a surprise if he didn't. Roger has always listened to his body perfectly, but now everything is more complicated."

"The situation has changed a lot compared to Federer's last full season, that is 2019. Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev have made a further qualitative leap, especially in this second half of 2021. The Swiss has his weapons and experience of him, but I doubt that at 40-41 he will prevail over Zverev or Medvedev.

I don't think Roger will play many games unless he realizes he can still make it to the bottom of the Grand Slams. I think he is curious to find out what he is capable of at 41 years old. Not even Federer knows exactly how things will go, but he loves to get involved."

2021 didn't bring Roger Federer much joy. The former world number 1 has struggled more than expected to recover an acceptable condition, ending up playing just 13 matches since March at Wimbledon. The Swiss phenomenon, who had undergone two knee surgeries in 2020, has collected nine wins and four defeats, a balance that speaks volumes about his current difficulties.

After a clear defeat in the quarter-finals in London, the King announced that he had suffered a knee relapse and had to operate for the third time in the last 18 months. The 20-time Grand Slam champion removed his crutches a few weeks ago and will be able to start racing again at the beginning of 2022.

To get the racket back in his hand, he will have to wait for spring instead. The 40-year-old from Basel admitted that it will be difficult to see him again on the tour before the summer of 2022, even questioning his presence at Wimbledon.