“Old Level Is So High”: Former British No. 1 Certain Roger Federer Wants to Win Grand Slams

Published 03/01/2021, 12:30 AM EST
Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a backhand during his Men’s Singles Quarterfinal match against Tennys Sandgren of the United States on day nine of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mike Owen/Getty Images)


Swiss maestro Roger Federer has been at the pinnacle of tennis for more than two decades. As he is now making his comeback after more than a year, many are excited to see him play again.

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The 39-year-old has not played a professional competitive tennis match in over 13 months. Thus, this makes the situation more intense and exciting.

To explain the situation, former British pro and Federer’s friend Tim Henman provided a viewpoint for the Swiss maestro and also listed out his priorities.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 09: Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a volley during practise ahead of the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 Arena on November 09, 2019, in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Henman expects the Swiss maestro’s goals for the year to be beyond numbers. “His old level is so high, he’s not going to come back just to be making up the numbers,” he said. He believes that the 20-time Grand Slam champion from Switzerland will not be shy of going all-in.

Henman said, “He wants to be back competing to win the biggest and best tournaments.” However, he added that that’s not going to get any easier as Federer gets close to his fortieth birthday.

However, Federer’s commitment, discipline, and passion have only increased over the last years. His relentless spirit has stunned the tennis world many times before as well.

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Coming back to tennis from knee surgery is not ordinary, but then again, neither is Federer. For that, the six-time Grand Slam semi-finalist Henman admired Federer and remained confident that he is preparing for a great return.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerland wait to go on stage during the ATP Heritage Celebration at The Waldorf=Astoria in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

“He’s working incredibly hard, I’m sure,” Henman said. “For me, he’s the most mesmerizing player we have probably ever had in our sport.”

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Further ahead, Henman opened up on how the elite tennis players are approaching their twilight years. “Tennis is blessed with some huge icons of the sport and of sport,” said the former British No. 1. “Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, Serena Williams, they as big a star as you can get. So we’re fortunate, but they’re not going to be around forever.”

To sum things up, Henman mentioned the importance of enjoying the game of these legendary players while they’re still competing. Indeed, every tennis fan will agree with him and hope for an action-packed 2021 tennis season.

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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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