Roger Federer will not be anything close to the force he once was when he returns to tennis next year, Greg Rusedski has warned.
Federer has not played competitively since the Australian Open, meaning he will have missed a full colander year when he returns next year from double knee-surgery.
However, Rusedski has warned Federer's millions of fans not to expect miracles when he is back on a tennis court, as such things just don't happen when you are 39-years-old.
“There’s no reason Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic don’t go on for another for another two to four years, but Roger Federer is the question mark,” Rusedski said.
“One more year left, Wimbledon, can he win Wimbledon? The Olympics? He’s a year-by-year case, especially after having the knee surgeries as well. You’re not getting the guy in 2017, I’m sorry. Time has passed on,” the Briton said.
“Can he play well? Of course, he can, but there are no surprises. The racket’s been put in play, the style’s been put in play, what is he going to bring to the table that is going to be new? You tell me.
"I can’t imagine anything he can change to his game so people already know what’s coming at them.”
2017 was when Federer was last world number one and a Grand Slam champion.
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