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Roger Federer may face a ‘reality check’ upon return from injury, says seven-time Grand Slam champion

Tennis great Mats Wilander feels Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev could give Roger Federer a “reality check” when he  makes his long-awaited return from injury.

20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer recently revealed he will definitely miss the upcoming Australian Open and possibly Wimbledon as he aims for a return in mid-2022 after knee surgery ruled him out of the latter half of the 2021 season.

Federer also discussed the possibility of retiring with his coaching team during his recovery.

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander told Eurosport that whilst he feels it is possible for 40-year-old Federer to make a comeback, he may face a “reality check” when facing the younger generation of players.

“I think it’s possible for him to come back. I think if he keeps saying it himself, he obviously has his mind set on coming back.

“I think the bigger problem is that these guys (the younger generation) are getting really, really good. [Alexander] Zverev and [Daniil] Medvedev are the guys pushing behind, they are playing huge games of tennis.

“And of course, Federer has his serve but how big a weapon is a Roger Federer serve compared to let’s say a Zverev or Medvedev serve? I think that’s going to be the reality check.

“I don’t think that Roger Federer will play too many matches on Tour,” Wilander claimed.

“He realises that he does still have a chance to win – maybe not a Grand Slam, maybe not a final – but three or four matches. I think it’s worth it for him to come back in his own mind.

“I don’t think he will know until he steps on court for at least a two- or three-set match against the likes of Zverev and Medvedev.”

World number three Zverev was the only player on the tour to win two ATP Masters 1000 as well as Olympic gold at the rescheduled 2020 Tokyo Olympics, whilst World number two Medvedev overcame 20-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic to win the US Open.

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