Federer will face ‘actuality verify’ on return: Wilander

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Nov 26 (Reuters) – Roger Federer will face a “reality check” when he returns to the Tour after a prolonged harm break, seven-time main champion Mats Wilander mentioned.

Federer, 40, advised Swiss media final week that he was unlikely to return to competitors till mid-2022 as he appears to get again to full health after a number of knee surgical procedures and can be “extremely surprised” if he was in a position to play at Wimbledon.

Federer, who’s tied with Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic on 20 Grand Slam singles titles, mentioned he would be capable to resume working in January and return to on-court coaching in March or April.

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“I think it’s possible for him to come back,” Wilander advised Eurosport. “I think if he keeps saying it himself, he obviously has his mind set on coming back.

“I believe the larger drawback to me is that these guys are getting actually, actually good. (Alexander) Zverev and (Daniil) Medvedev are the blokes pushing behind, they’re enjoying big video games of tennis.

“And of course, Federer has his serve but how big a weapon is a Roger Federer serve compared to let’s say a Zverev or Medvedev serve? I think that’s going to be the reality check.”

Federer had two knee operations in 2020 that stored him out of the Tour for greater than a yr and returned to motion in March however managed to play solely 13 matches this yr.

Another harm at Wimbledon compelled Federer, who gained his final main on the 2018 Australian Open, to skip the U.S. Open as he went beneath the knife once more.

“I don’t think that Roger Federer will play too many matches on Tour,” Wilander mentioned.

“He realises that he does still have a chance to win — maybe not a Grand Slam, maybe not a final — but three or four matches. I think it’s worth it for him to come back in his own mind.

“I do not assume he will know till he steps on court docket for not less than a two- or three-set match in opposition to the likes of Zverev and Medvedev.”

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Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; enhancing by Peter Rutherford

Hall of Famer Mats Wilander (L) is introduced next to fellow Hall of Famer Monica Seles during induction ceremonies the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, U.S., July 20, 2019. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Jul 7, 2021; London, United Kingdom; Roger Federer (SUI) plays against Hubert Hurkacz (POL) in the quarter finals at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Mandatory Credit: Peter van den Berg-USA TODAY Sports

Hall of Famer Mats Wilander (L) is introduced next to fellow Hall of Famer Monica Seles during induction ceremonies the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, U.S., July 20, 2019. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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