Roger Federer could be doomed like Serena Williams in tennis comeback, warns former Grand Slam champion

Roger Federer’s comeback could be doomed from the start and he may suffer the same fate as Serena Williams, a former Grand Slam champion has warned.

Federer, a 20-time major champion and eight-time Wimbledon winner, does not have a single ATP point to his name after Monday’s updated rankings.

The Swiss tennis legend has not played since last year’s Wimbledon, where he became the oldest quarter-finalist in the Open Era at SW19.

However, the 40-year-old missed this year’s Championships for the first time since 1998 as he continues to recover from a third knee surgery and has hinted he may soon retire.

Federer has now fallen behind Novak Djokovic in the all-time Grand Slam titles race – with the Serbian recording his 21st on Sunday with victory over Nick Kyrgios in Sunday’s Wimbledon final – and is two behind Rafael Nadal’s 22.

Williams, meanwhile, who like Federer is considered one of the best players in the sport’s history, suffered an embarrassing first-round exit at Wimbledon this year.

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Serena Williams was beaten by little-known Frenchwoman Harmony Tan this year (Picture: Getty)

The 40-year-old, a 23-time Grand Slam champion and seven-time Wimbledon winner, was beaten by little-known Frenchwoman Harmony Tan.

And now, former Grand Slam champion Adriano Panatta – who won the French Open in 1976 – has warned Federer not to take the same path as Williams.

Roger Federer will make his ATP Tour return in September at the Laver Cup (Picture: Getty)
Roger Federer will make his ATP Tour return in September at the Laver Cup (Picture: Getty)

‘Roger Federer is one of the reasons why I continued to love tennis,’ Panatta told Gazzetta dello Sport.

‘I wish him happiness, he has an extraordinary career behind him and a wonderful family next to him.

 

Stepping out to play singles for the first time since leaving Centre Court prematurely and in tears after suffering a hamstring injury in the opening round 12 months ago, Williams was rusty and error-prone.

‘There is a time for everything. [But] we have already given up with Serena Williams, I hope not to see a replica.’

Federer will make his ATP Tour return in September at the Laver Cup, the team competition he founded back in 2017.

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