The day of Roger Federer's return to the field is getting closer and closer. In a recent interview, Roger Federer's athletic trainer Pierre Paganini on Federer's condition replied as follows: “Roger only plays when he knows he can play well. Now we need to see how his body reacts. It is important to protect it. It is not comparable to the situation in 2016. It is already a great victory to be able to return to the pitch, to play and to be able to say 'I'm fine, I can't wait for the next match'. At the moment he is sure he will play in Doha, then we'll see if Dubai too. We are waiting to evaluate the effort and the reaction of his body after the first meetings”. Doha will be an important test bed to test his conditions as Dominic Thiem, Stan Wawrinka, Andrey Rublev, Milos Raonic participate in the event, among others. After the Doha tournament, Federer's plans, if all goes well, is the idea of playing Dubai and then flying to the United States to compete in the prestigious Miami Masters. Current number 5 in the world rankings, Federer could slide down to eighth in the next few months as the points earned in 2019 with the victory of the Miami Masters and the Indian Wells final will "expire". For most of his fans, the sight of Roger Federer lifting another Wimbledon trophy would be a dream come true. It would also be the proof they need that the Swiss extend his career beyond 2021. But not for Michael Stich; the former World No. 2 believes that a ninth Wimbledon title would serve as the perfect setting for Federer to announce his retirement.
Stich talks about Roger Federer
"You should never write Roger Federer off because he is a player who has a gifted set of skills that help him to still play tennis that good at his age," Michael Stich said. "But especially at Wimbledon, Roger Federer is certainly still a candidate for the title, because there he has this mental strength, because there he has the greatest joy." In that context, Michael Stich claimed he would like to see the younger generation take over while the Big 3 are still active, rather than wait for the legends to fade away. "It's up to the young generation now and they are no longer 19," Stich said. "They are all 22, 23, 26. Dominic Thiem achieved it at the US Open. One would of course wish that they actively shape this transition, but that is looking into the future. As a spectator and fan, I naturally wish that the passing of the torch would still happen during the active time of the 'Big 3'," Stich continued. "It's the big goal of all young players that they would like to beat a Roger Federer, a Novak Djokovic, and a Rafael Nadal in a Grand Slam final."