‘Roger Federer’s place in the Big Three is in doubt,’ says respected Russian coach

The return of Roger Federer to tennis could be more difficult than he thinks according to respected Russian Tennis coach Boris Sobkin.

Federer has spent most of 2020 recovering from double knee surgery but has delighted fans with news that he is back in training.

Australian Open officials are confident that Roger Federer will compete in their next edition, currently scheduled to take place at the end of January 2021.

But Sobkin, a member of the Russian Tennis Hall of Fame, believes that a return to the top may be out of Federer’s reach.

“It is very difficult to predict what will happen to Roger Federer. I wouldn’t be surprised if he no longer plays at all,” Boris Sobkin said.

“Or he will start, but he will not succeed, and he may end his career. They began to bury Roger Federer a long time ago, but I would not rush.

“At the same time, his participation in the Big 3 is already in doubt. He has not played for a year, and even such a genius tennis player as Roger Federer will find it difficult to rise to the previous level,”

“Of course Roger will play, and play well, no doubt about that. But the question is about not just performing well, but at the top 3 level. This year we had the “Big Two”, and all of the above guys have already reached a high level.

“The younger players, Dominic Thiem, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev and Andrey Rublev are really ready to compete with the Big Three in terms of their level of play.”

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