Roger Federer looks as though he’s preparing to be back to full fitness at Wimbledon this year but Andy Roddick isn’t so sure he’ll be ready to challenge for a ninth SW19 title. The 20-time Grand Slam champion hasn’t played since the 2020 Australian Open having undergone two knee surgeries last year.
It was originally hoped that he would be making his return in Melbourne at the start of the 2021 season, but Federer’s agent Tony Godsick confirmed last month that he would have to skip the first Grand Slam of the year as he continues his recovery.
“Roger has decided not to play the 2021 Australian Open. He has made strong progress in the last couple of months with his knee and his fitness,” Godsick said.
“However, after consultation with his team, he decided that the best decision for him in the long run is to return to competitive tennis after the Australian Open.”
Discussions are already underway on when Federer will make his long-awaited return, with tournaments said to be lined up for at the end of February.
That would put him in contention to compete at the French Open in May, but he’s shown a reluctance in recent years to compete at the French Grand Slam to concentrate more on the grasscourt season.
Federer is statistically the most successful male grasscourt player of all time having won 19 titles with eight coming at Wimbledon.
He came agonisingly close to winning a ninth in 2019, taking Novak Djokovic to a five-set thriller before losing in the final set tiebreak.
And 2003 US Open champion Roddick believes the Serbian will once again reign supreme at Wimbledon this summer.