Tennis legend John McEnroe believes it will be difficult for Roger Federer to win a Grand Slam again.
Federer, who will turn 40 this August, lost in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon last week. After the match, he said he wasn’t sure if it was the last time that he had played the grasscourt major but wanted to continue playing as long as he could.
“As far as the Grand Slam is concerned, I have quite clear ideas about how things will end,” McEnroe said.
“I believe that Roger Federer will never win a Grand Slam title again, he will certainly remain at 20, Rafael Nadal will win a maximum of one.”
The Big 3 in men’s tennis – Federer, Nadal and Novak Djokovic—are locked in a three-way tie for the most number of singles Grand Slams won at 20.
World No 1 Djokovic won his 20th at Wimbledon on Sunday and is in line for a calendar Grand Slam this year. He had also won the Australian Open and French Open.
Federer made a Grand Slam comeback at the French Open after being out of the game for more than a year and undergoing two knee surgeries. The 39-year-old had to withdraw from the fourth round of French Open.
At his favourite major, Wimbledon, where Federer has won eight titles, he still managed to reach the quarterfinals. But former Wimbledon champion Boris Becker thinks it could be the last time we will see him on the famed lawns.
“Roger has earned the right to go out on the terms that he likes,” Becker said.
“He has been the most popular player ever and taken interest around the world to new heights, giving more to the game than anyone has done before.
“I believe he was originally thinking of playing on well into next year, but I doubt that is the case now.”
Federer, one of the most popular athletes in the world, is also one of the most successful. He had become the first male tennis player to win 20 majors when he won the 2018 Australian Open.
Apart from that the Swiss has also won a record 103 tour titles.