Roger Federer news: Former world No 1 says Swiss icon’s comeback hopes are ‘very difficult’

Roger Federer waves goodbye

Roger Federer has yet to confirm whether he will make a return to the game after his latest knee operation and now a former world number one has told Tennis365 that his latest comeback push will be his toughest yet.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion has not played a competitive match since last year’s Wimbledon quarter-finals, when he lost in straight sets to Hubert Hurkacz.

Federer underwent knee surgery for a third time in just over a year after that match and has hinted that he wants to try and return to the sport at the age of 40, possibly targeting a final appearance at Wimbledon this summer.

Yet seven-time Grand Slam singles champion Justine Henin has told Tennis365 that Federer’s dreams of competing at the top of the game once more will be “very difficult” at this stage of his enduring career.

Despite the odds being stacked against him, Henin believes Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have already achieved more than enough in tennis to cement their legacy as the game’s all-time greats.

“We will see and we all hope, but we also know it is going to be very difficult,” Henin told Tennis365 in her role as a Eurosport analyst.

“It doesn’t change anything at the end, does it? They (Federer, Nadal and Djokovic) made history and one day they will stop. That is the only we know. They will stop tennis one day.

“I hope they are going to stay in shape. I wouldn’t like to see them in big trouble and they can be competitive when they play.

“If they come back it is because they have the feeling they can do something and with Roger, it is still too early to say.”

Federer confirmed in December that he was still a long way from testing his knee in competitive action, with the decision over his future likely to be made as he looks to play in his favourite tournament at Wimbledon in June.