Renowned tennis coach Toni Nadal feels it will be much more complicated for Roger Federer to make a comeback than it will be for Rafael Nadal.
Federer, 40, announced a third knee surgery in August, while 35-year-old Nadal ended his season prematurely due to a foot injury.
Federer underwent two knee surgeries last year and returned to the Tour this past March.
On the other side, Nadal had been hampered by a foot injury throughout 2021 and ultimately decided to call it a season.
Uncle Toni believes Nadal has two or three more good years left and that he will win another Grand Slam.
“I think that for Federer, it is more complicated because he is 40 years old,” Toni commented, per Tennis Majors. “He has returned from several operations (editor’s note: three, to be exact) and I do not know if it went well. In Rafael’s case, I’m sure he has a good two or three years left. I am convinced that he will be able to win a Grand Slam again. The reality is that every year it gets harder and every year the young people get closer.”
Federer was unhappy with how things went at Wimbledon
Federer made the Wimbledon quarterfinal, before losing to Hubert Hurkacz in straight sets.
A month later, Federer announced another knee surgery.
“It was a tough process to take that decision, just because I already had couple of knee surgeries last year,” Federer said at the Laver Cup.
“I was really unhappy with how things went at Wimbledon. I was just nowhere near where I wanted to be to play at the top, top level. But I tried my best and at the end, at some point, too much is too much. Now I’ve just got to take it step by step.”