Roger Federer made his highly anticipated return to the circuit in the spring of this year, after recovering from the two knee surgeries he underwent in 2020. The Swiss phenomenon took part in Roland Garros (where he stopped in the round of 16 ) and Wimbledon, which was his big goal of the season along with the Tokyo Olympics. During his ride to the All England Club, the 20-time Grand Slam champion suffered a relapse in his operated knee and had to end his year prematurely. Nine wins versus four defeats, that’s King Roger’s modest tally in 2021. The 40-year-old from Basel has been under the knife again in recent weeks and has been spotted walking on crutches at the Laver Cup. back on the pitch in 2022, great skepticism reigns over the Maestro’s actual chances of returning to competition. The Swiss should close the season around 18th place in the ATP ranking. In a recent interview with the ‘Wide World of Sports’ portal, Australian legend Todd Woodbridge admitted that it’s unlikely to see Federer again with a Grand Slam trophy in his hands.
Woodbridge talks about Federer
“Highly unlikely,” Woodbridge said about Roger Federer’s chances of winning another Major. “If he were to win one, I think the only one that he would be able to get through is Wimbledon.” 23-time Major champion Serena Williams finds herself in a similar predicament to Roger Federer. Williams last won a Major in 2017 and has fallen short at the final hurdle on four occasions since then. “You can probably throw Serena Williams in that very similar situation,” Woodbridge said. “These last 12 months have been a really interesting period and a change over for tennis.” However, the Aussie reckons the American is better placed to win a Major than Federer. “But Serena is more likely [to win another Grand Slam] I feel than Roger,” added the Aussie. Notably, the last time Federer was not in the Top 10 was in January 2017. However, Federer’s knee injuries and the subsequent lack of tournaments that Roger played in the past two years have cost him his place in the Top 10. It begs a serious question: Will Federer ever return to regain his place in the elite ATP Club? Although the answer is uncertain as of now, the 40-year-old has revealed only positive news regarding his 2022 comeback. Regardless of the implications for Federer, it is extremely good news for Hurkacz to finally see his hard work pay off. Besides him, even the Norwegian Casper Ruud made his debut in the ATP Top 10 rankings this year.