Greece’e Stefanos Tsitsipas believes 34-year-old Novak Djokovic is still “capable of a lot” and mentioned 40-year-old Roger Federer as an example of how a top player can hang around for so long.
Federer, 40, won back-to-back Australian Open titles in 2017 and 2018, as well as made it all the way at Wimbledon in 2017.
Federer underwent a season-ending knee surgery in August and Tsitsipas is confident the Swiss will make a comeback.
“Nobody knows. I still think he is capable of a lot,” Tsitsipas said, when asked for how long could Djokovic stay on top. “Who would have thought Roger Federer would still be playing at 40? I didn’t. But I’m sure he will make a comeback,” Tsitsipas told BILD.
Federer last played at Wimbledon
After suffering a straight-set defeat to Hubert Hurkacz in the Wimbledon semifinal, Federer took sime time before deciding to undergo a 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.”
In his interview at the Laver Cup, Federer underlined he won’t be rushing his comeback.
“I’ve got to first walk again properly, run properly and then do the sidesteps and all the agility work and then eventually I’ve got to be back on the tennis court,” he said.
“But it’s going to take me a few more months and then we’ll see how things are at some point next year. I’ve got to take my time. I don’t want to rush into anything at this point.
“This is also for my life. I want to make sure I can do everything I want to do later on. There’s no rush with anything, so I’m actually in a really good place. I think the worst is behind me. I’m really happy.”