The biggest news in tennis is the return of Roger Federer back to active duty at the start of the 2017 season. The “Swiss Maestro” has committed to play in the Hopman Cup in January but has lots to prove, if he is still one of the best players in the ATP tour.
While out due to a knee injury, other elite players have taken over Federer’s spot in the world rankings.
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has struggled with injuries recently but he is still considered the best player in the world. Others ahead of Federer in the ATP rankings are Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal, Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic.
Federer is just ranked seventh in the world but remains one of the dangerous players in the tour because of past success. He has the world record 17 Grand Slam titles and will use the Hopman Cup as a preparatory tournament to the first major of the year, the 2017 Australian Open.
There are speculations that Federer may never return to his “old form” and compete with the likes of Djokovic and Murray, both of whom are still in their elite form. When Federer returns, it’s likely that he has to pass through both challengers in winning and adding another Grand Slam title.
Djokovic, who is stuck with 12 Grand Slam titles after struggling in recent majors tournaments, wants the title of “greatest player of all time” in tennis but needs to pass Federer in the history books to be considered one.
Athletes coming from major knee surgeries and injuries are in a tough spot because they usually don’t play the same game because of fear of the injury that it will happen again.
Roger Federer, who last won a Grand Slamin 2012, is committed to coming back strong but it’s not known if his knees will cooperate especially with his style of play on the tennis court.
Roger Federer remains a threat to Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray but his return back to the top will rely on the status of his knees in the next ATP season.
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