Tennis great's brutal Federer admission

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Australian tennis large Todd Woodbridge says it's "highly unlikely" Roger Federer volition triumph different Grand Slam rubric successful his career.

Federer, who precocious turned 40, underwent a 3rd cognition connected his troublesome close knee successful August, a process that helium said would leave him retired of the crippled for "many months".

After missing retired connected the Australian Open this year, the Swiss maestro returned to Grand Slam enactment astatine the French Open and Wimbledon.

The 20-time Grand Slam victor proved helium inactive has plentifulness left, reaching the circular of 16 astatine Roland-Garros earlier withdrawing from the tournament, portion astatine Wimbledon helium went 1 amended by making it done to the quarter-finals.

Roger Federer of Switzerland walks disconnected tribunal aft losing his men's Singles Quarter Final lucifer against Hubert Hurkacz of Poland connected Day Nine of The Championships - Wimbledon 2021 astatine All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club connected July 07, 2021 successful London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images) (Getty)

But aft astir precocious missing the US Open, and with fears Federer mightiness miss the Australian Open for a 2nd consecutive year, Woodbridge says it's pugnacious to spot a script wherever the tennis icon tin onshore Grand Slam rubric fig 21.

"Highly unlikely," Woodbridge said connected 2GB's Wide World of Sports' radio.

"If helium were to triumph one, I deliberation the lone 1 that helium would beryllium capable to get done is Wimbledon.

"He's had different genu country ... he's not going to beryllium retired connected the tribunal for a while.

"I don't deliberation we're going to spot him successful Australia (in 2022). He's not going to triumph astatine the French Open, and he's 40 years of age.

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"I deliberation Roger's going to travel retired and play immoderate bully matches, but winning 7 matches to triumph a slam, I don't deliberation we're going to spot that."

Woodbridge conceded that the aforesaid concern besides applies to Serena Williams, but said the American prima is "more likely" to triumph different Grand Slam than Federer.

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"You tin astir apt propulsion Serena Williams successful that precise akin situation," helium said.

"These past 12 months person been a truly absorbing play and a alteration implicit for tennis.

"But Serena is much apt [to triumph different Grand Slam] I consciousness than Roger."

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