Roger Federer’s ends in 2021 are extra seemingly than any age milestone to find out when his glittering profession involves an finish, mentioned Australian Todd Woodbridge, who thinks the Swiss grasp might but have one other Wimbledon triumph in him.
Last week the holder of 20 Grand Slam singles titles confirmed that health points after two knee operations in 2020 imply that followers will not see him in motion on the Australian Open in February for the primary time in additional than twenty years.
“A player of his stature, at some point when you’re not winning, you start to wonder about why you’re only making the quarter-finals, when you’re used to being in the final,” Woodbridge advised Channel Nine this week.
“It doesn’t give the same adrenaline rush as it always has, and that’s when you start to think to yourself that you’ve got other things to do with your life.”
A semi-final defeat in Melbourne in 2020 was Federer’s final aggressive match, and enjoying five-setters within the Australian summer time warmth after a prolonged harm and 14 days quarantine would have been a difficult proposition for the 39-year-old.
Federer has not missed a visit to Melbourne Park since a loss in qualifying in 1999.
Yves Allegero, Federer’s fellow Swiss and former doubles companion, feels skipping the Australian Open was a logical choice.
“All his career, Roger Federer only lined up if he was 100% physically,” Allegro advised the 20min web site. “So he made the right decision, especially since he has plenty of time left to prepare for his main goals of Wimbledon and the Olympics.”
Participating at a fifth Olympics featured prominently in Federer’s agenda, and the postponement of the Tokyo Games by a yr as a result of COVID-19 pandemic labored completely for the Swiss, who would in any other case have missed it because of harm.
The final of his main titles may need come on the Melbourne hardcourts in 2018, however Federer may even see Wimbledon’s grasscourts, the place he has received eight titles and made the ultimate in 2019, as probably the most lifelike floor so as to add to his tally.
“For Roger to continue on, he’ll have to be able to manage his body when he does come back,” mentioned Woodbridge, who received 22 Grand Slam doubles titles.
“His goals, I assume, would be to play at the Olympics and at Wimbledon. Wimbledon is the major that I see him being able to win at this stage of his career.”
Federer is plotting a return in late February and the present males’s calendar would recommend that the ATP 500 occasion in Rotterdam from March 1 could possibly be the primary cease in 2021 for the world quantity 5.
The Swiss proved that he can shortly get again into his groove when he received the 2017 Australian Open regardless of lacking the second half of 2016 season due to knee surgical procedure.