“A Really Big Question Mark”: Boris Becker Reflects on Roger Federer’s Tennis Comeback in 2022

Published 08/27/2021, 1:11 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer reacts during his quarter final match against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz REUTERS/Toby Melville


Weeks before the US Open 2021, Roger Federer announced that he will be undergoing a third surgery on his right knee, and accordingly, called off his 2021 season. Because of this, German legend Boris Becker is doubtful that the tennis maestro will return.

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Previously, Federer underwent two surgeries in 2020, and it took him 13 months to return. Since he is a year older now, the possibility of his come back has become lean.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer leaves Centre Court after losing his quarter final match against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz Pool via REUTERS/Edward Whitaker TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

As a result, while Becker wishes him all the health, he also claimed that the Roger Federer – Rafael Nadal – Novak Djokovic era has ended. Moreover, he added that Federer “has already won so much and doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone.

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Boris Becker uncertain about Roger Federer’s return in 2022

Firstly, the six-time Grand Slam champion hailed Serbian World No.1, Novak Djokovic, as the big three’s last man standing. In addition to that, Becker put a question mark on Roger Federer‘s return.

“We always talked about the switch of generations and how long the big three will make it. The last Mohican has now emerged from the big three. That is Novak Djokovic, who is having an incredible year,” Becker began

“Roger ended the year after his third operation on the same knee – at 40, it takes even longer to recover. Whether he will come back to the Tour again is really a big question mark. Only he has the answer; only he has the solution.”

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his third round match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie Pool via REUTERS/David Gray

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Furthermore, the retired German highlighted that the Swiss maestro has his whole life ahead of him. Hence, he wished his speedy recovery while calling his come back ‘almost secondary.’

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“I wish him above all that he gets well again,” Becker continued. “That is the most important thing. The rest of his life is still ahead of him, and whether he plays tennis again or not is almost secondary.”

Notably, Federer has also not confirmed whether he is looking forward to returning to the Tour. For this, he will first see how the rehabbing and recovering process goes.

Above all, tennis fans would hope to see Federer play again next year. And if not for any titles, then to celebrate his magnificent career.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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