“Achieved Enough”: Former Wimbledon Champion Feels Roger Federer Won’t Run After Records Post Comeback

Published 03/25/2021, 4:20 AM EDT
Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a forehand during his Men’s Singles fourth round match against Marton Fucsovics of Hungary on day seven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)


As Roger Federer made his comeback after a long hiatus, it caused tremendous excitement among the fans who were eagerly waiting for Federer to return to action. However, after his quarterfinal exit at the 2021 Doha Open, Federer withdrew from the Dubai Open followed by the Miami Open.

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Playing after 13 months and two knee surgeries, Federer competed in two back-to-back three-set matches but understandably struggled physically. As a result, the Swiss Maestro decided to go back to training to achieve full fitness.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a forehand in his third round match against Taylor Fritz of the United States during day five of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Bartoli talks about Roger Federer

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Recently, in the latest episode of the show “Match Points,” Marion Bartoli and journalists Ben Rothenberg and Simon Cumbers discussed Federer’s comeback on the tour after more than a year.

During the discussion, the host Josh Cohen asked a question to his panelists on whether Federer would be worried about his record of 20 Grand Slam titles or would only want to stay healthy.

In her reply, former Wimbledon champion Bartoli mentioned that Federer won’t risk chances of another injury just to achieve another record. However, with Novak Djokovic having beaten Federer’s record of most weeks at the No. 1 ranking, Bartoli feels Federer obviously doesn’t want all his records broken.

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“He already got beaten by the No 1 weeks by Djokovic and I don’t think he wants to lose all his records, but I don’t think he wants to put his body on the line just for one record. He has achieved enough,” said Bartoli.

Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates his victory over David Goffin of Belgium in the Rolex Shanghai Masters at the Qi Zhong Tennis Centre in Shanghai, China. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

In fact, Federer has withdrawn from the Monte Carlo Masters, which marks the inception of the European clay-court season. Federer is expected to return on the tour for the 2021 Madrid Masters and then play all the way up to Wimbledon Championships.

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However, it may be possible that Federer skips Roland Garros to focus his entire energy on Wimbledon, a tournament he has the brightest chance of winning.

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Kshitij Tayal

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Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district-level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA.

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