“Not Going to Get Easier”: Tennis Legend Doubts Roger Federer’s Successful Comeback

Published 03/03/2021, 5:09 AM EST
Roger Federer of Switzerland looks on during his Men’s Singles Semifinal match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day eleven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 30, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)


Tennis fans are quite excited about the return of Roger Federer at the Qatar Open 2021 next week. The Swiss Maestro will be making a comeback after almost 14 months on the court and it’ll be intriguing to watch him play. However, experts doubt whether he’ll be able to make a convincing comeback to the sport or not.

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Recently, tennis legend Tim Henman claimed that it would not be easy for Roger Federer to make a successful return. He believes that his earlier level was so high that he would find it difficult to compete with that energy.

“His old level is so high, he’s not going to come back just to be making up the numbers,” said Henman.

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Roger Federer of Switzerland looks on during his Men’s Singles Semifinal match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia. Day eleven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 30, 2020, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

The expert claimed even though Roger Federer is trying really hard for his comeback, it won’t be that easy. He mentioned that the legend would be forty this August, and age would certainly act as an obstacle for him.

The 46-year-old also accepted that Federer would not be making a comeback just for the numbers, but would also aim to win tournaments and majors.

“He wants to be back competing to win the biggest and best tournaments. And that’s not going to get any easier as you get close to your 40th birthday. But he’s working incredibly hard, I’m sure,” added the former World No.4.

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“The most mesmerizing player we have probably ever had in our sport”- Tim Henman on Roger Federer

Henman highlighted that Federer is the most mesmerizing player, according to him. He also said that fans are fortunate to witness him alongside some other icons like Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Serena Williams.

Roger Federer of Switzerland in action against David Goffin of Belgium on day six of 2019 Rolex Shanghai Masters at Qi Zhong Tennis Centre in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images)

“For me, he’s [Federer is] the most mesmerizing player we have probably ever had in our sport. Tennis is blessed with some huge icons of the sport and of sport.

“Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic, Serena Williams, they as big a star as you can get,” continued the former player.

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However, Henman believes that these legends are going to retire one day, eventually. He emphasized that it is important to enjoy them as long as they are playing.

“But they’re not going to be around forever. So it’s important that we do enjoy them while they’re still competing,” concluded Henman.

Nobody knows when Roger Federer will bid the sport adieu. As of now, fans want him to play as long as possible and even win some more titles. Will Federer be able to make an incredible comeback at the ATP Doha 2021?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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