Six-time ATP Finals champion none other than Roger Federer has not competed in the ATP Tours for over 12 months after undergoing knee surgeries twice in a row. However, the former World No.2 Michael Stich admits that the Swiss Maestro is still a candidate for the title at Wimbledon.
By winning his 13th title at the French Open 2020, Rafael Nadal joined Roger Federer on the all-time Grand Slam record tally of 20 titles. On the other hand, Novak Djokovic is just two titles short of equaling his rivals incredible achievement after winning his 18th Grand Slam title at the 2021 Australian Open.
Anyhow, the 39-years-old from Basel announced his comeback and key goals for the 2021 season. First of all, the former world No.1 will test himself at the ATP 250 Qatar Open next month.
Afterwards, Federer is scheduled to play at the Dubai tennis championships, Miami Open. And mainly, Swiss intends to participate in SW19 to claim his 9th title and Tokyo Olympic Games to wear his first singles Gold medal.
“It is clear that at some point, he will stop,” Stich, the 1991 Wimbledon champion, said to Stats Perform News.
Stich also expressed, “Many would have thought that already five years ago. We do not influence that. I would wish for him to win Wimbledon and say after the final: ‘You know what, I had a sick time, I’ll stop.’
“There couldn’t be anything better, and that would give so much to the sport. You should never write him off because he is a player who has a gifted set of skills that help him to still play tennis that good at his age,” Stich confessed.
“Roger Federer Doesn’t Have To Prove Anything To The Fans Out There”, says Stich
The 39-year-old Federer has won 1,242 matches and 103 tour-level titles during his legendary career.
The 52-years-old from Germany continued, “He may have the problem that the younger generation no longer has this huge respect for him because he was out for a year. The mental side plays a big role there.”
“But especially at Wimbledon, he is certainly still a candidate for the title because there he has this mental strength because there he has the greatest joy,” the 1994 US Open runner-up added.
Michael Stich also emphasised, “The nice thing is that everyone is looking forward to his comeback and wants to see what happens. He has nothing to lose. He doesn’t have to prove anything to himself, he doesn’t have to prove anything to the fans out there. He’s really doing it because he thinks he can still win titles.”
However, the fans can’t wait to see Roger Federer’s return and create history at Wimbledon.