Roger Federer will have difficulty getting back to elite form and the Top 4 in tennis according to compatriot Stan Wawrinka. The statement was made by the No. 1 Swiss player after a second round win at the 2016 Shanghai Masters in China.
“I think he’s practicing. I don’t know if he’s gonna be back in the top four. We will see,” Wawrinka stated about his fellow Swiss, who has suffered a knee injury and had surgery in previous months.
“It’s the first time he has a big injury. It’s not easy to come back after that. But if he’s fit and 100 percent, for sure he will be really dangerous.”
Federer has missed about half the 2016 ATP Season due to the injury. Federer last played at the 2016 Wimbledon Championships, where he lost to Milos Raonic in the semifinals.
The Swiss Maestro remained a dangerous threat to any of the top players because of his history and play in the past. He holds the men’s singles record for most Grand Slam titles with 17 major titles.
Federer has dropped to World No. 7 in the ATP rankings, the worst ranking for the 35-year-old pro since 2002 when he was ranked eighth.
Currently, Wawrinka is the better player than Federer in the world rankings. He is ranked No. 3 behind top player Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.
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