Roger Federer is probably the most loved player in all tennis. But he hasn’t played tennis for over a year after he had two knee surgeries in 2020. But the highly-anticipated comeback of the Swiss superstar, at the Qatar Open, is all about trying to win the big titles again.
Tim Henman, a four-time Wimbledon semifinalist and a long-time friend of the 39-year-old former world No.1 speaks on the Swiss maestro.
“His old level is so high, he’s not going to come back just to be making up the numbers,” Henman said in an interview with forbes.
“He wants to be back competing to win the biggest and best tournaments. And that’s not going to get any easier as you get close to your fortieth birthday. But he’s working incredibly hard, I’m sure.”
It’s important that we do enjoy them while they’re still competing: Henman on the current tennis icons
In tennis’ golden age, Federer has dominated men’s tennis alongside Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic the past few decades while 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams has ruled women’s tennis.
“For me, he’s [Federer is] the most mesmerising player we have probably ever had in our sport,” Henman continued.
“Tennis is blessed with some huge icons of the sport and of sport. Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, Serena Williams, they as big a star as you can get. So we’re fortunate, but they’re not going to be around forever. So it’s important that we do enjoy them while they’re still competing.”