Roger Federer promised to come back strong after going under the knife for the first time to repair a torn meniscus on his knee.
However, veteran tennis writer Chris Chase has doubts the former world’s no.1 will ever return to his competitive form, as he even believed the end point in the Swiss Master’s career could come as soon as the conclusion of this year’s Rio Olympics.
In his latest article on Fox Sports, the veteran tennis pundit discussed Federer’s recovery from his first major surgery and the struggles he might be facing after his rehabilitation.
Federer has continued to play at a high level over the last two years and even come up with a respectable record against his younger rivals, including reigning world’s no.1 Novak Djokovic (6-8 head-to-head record during that span).
Because of his newfound consistency in big tournaments, many still believed the 34-year old Federer can win a Grand Slam at some point before he finally retires from the sport.
Unfortunately for Federer, all of his hopes of winning another Grand Slam and a shot at a career Golden slam could be derailed by the knee injury, according to Chase.
“Sure, you knew Roger Federer actually couldn’t do that — he’d have to retire from tennis at some point — but when he’d talk about his career and say, before the London Olympics, that he’d like to play until the Rio Olympics, that milestone felt like a lifetime away. By then Federer would be turning 35 and probably ready to hang up his Nikes. It felt like a logical end point.”
After reaching Wimbledon and US Open final in 2015, Federer entered this season with high expectations, gunning not only for his 18th career Grand Slam hardware but a gold medal in the Rio Olympics.
Now, with this latest setback, tennis analysts – including Chase – are starting to question if Federer can still recover from a major injury at the point of his career. A question that can only be answered by Federer upon his return.
You can read the full story of Chase’s editorial piece @Fox Sports Tennis