20-time grand slam champion Roger Federer has been out of action since he competed in the Australian Open Semi-finals this year. After that, he had to undergo surgery on his knee for the second time in his career.
The former World No.1 faced a similar situation in 2016 when he was forced to withdraw from the tour midway. When he got back on tour the following year, he enjoyed great success as he won the Australian Open and the Wimbledon Championships.
However, things might not always work out in the same fashion as they did previously. Roger’s gotten older and all these years of playing tennis would’ve taken its toll on him.
Taking note of this, Paul-Henri Mathieu said, “Honestly for him, I find it hard to believe that is an advantage. We don’t know how he will recover. In all fairness, I think he himself, deep down, doesn’t know. When you stop for a long time, especially at that age, you don’t know how you’re going to feel when you go back to it.”
Over the years, Roger has been known to adapt well to different circumstances. However, to play 5-set matches on a regular basis during Grand Slams at the age of 39 doesn’t sound so easy.
Reflecting on that aspect, the Frenchman further stated, “Even though he has a style of play whereby he can shorten exchanges, over the duration of an entire tournament, to chain matches in 5 sets, it seems super complicated.”
With the Australian Open certain to take place in February, it’ll be interesting to see how the Swiss performs.