More Federer Grand Slams Looking Unlikely

Elizabeth Wagner - 13 Oct 2021

While Roger Federer in recovery from multiple knee surgeries showed himself to have much left to offer by reaching the quarterfinals at Wimbledon this year, Aussie tennis great Todd Woodbridge says he doubts the Swiss GOAT will make it to another Grand Slam win during what remains of his career.

The tennis great, who recently turned 40, underwent yet another operation on his knee in August, and by his own admission said earlier this year it would mean many months of recovery.

With next year’s Australian Open beginning to look unlikely for Federer, which would be his second missed in a row, Woodbridge has expressed strong doubts over the possibility of a record Grand Slam No. 21 for the darling of men’s tennis.

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Many Odds Against Him

Woodbridge said this week while the tennis great has come to the party playing some pretty good matches, he just can’t see him winning seven matches in row toward another Grand Slam win. His age, series of knee surgeries and injuries, and the fact that he hasn’t been playing all that much, all count against him, explained Woodbridge.

The Aussie said while the same admittedly applies to US star Venus Williams, it’s still more likely for Williams to nab another Grand Slam than for Federer to be making a comeback of that magnitude.

Mixed Opinions

Fresh in the minds of many fans is just how frail and out of touch Federer appeared to be during his long-anticipated return in Doha. Even though he won his first match in a super demanding three-set run against Daneil Evans, he made for a disappointing finish when he lost to Nicolaz Baslishvili.

Federer made for a rusty and almost outdated figure on the court, with his movements nowhere near as effortless or fluid as what they used to be.

Then, before his early exit from Roland Garros, he appeared to be in comparatively better shape, which helped him to a deep run into the competition despite his early departure. This led many to believe that he still wasn’t ready for resuming the fight, while perhaps also suffering from a lack of confidence for not having played competitively in so long a time.

Whether or not Federer has it in him to win another Grand Slam is clearly a matter of opinion. And while some believe it to be possible if he were to play the sort of tennis he put up in 2017, others, like Woodbridge, would be hard pressed to change their stance.

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