Roger Federer will miss the remainder of the 2016 tennis calendar but that does not mean he will not follow the action in the upcoming tournaments. The Swiss tennis superstar will miss the 2016 US Open tennis but has a good idea on what to expect in the next Grand Slam event.
Federer believes Novak Djokovic will likely win the 2016 US Open Tennis title. The former world No. 1 said, though, that it will not be easy, as Andy Murray will be a big threat as well. But from the looks of it, he still sees the Serb tennis superstar winning it all this year.
“Novak is the favorite,” Federer told reporters via Tennis.com. “He did win in Toronto. He has a great record against Andy and is a very good hard-court player. You see that in conditions like here and the Australian Open.”
The 17-time Grand Slam champion also added that the venue will also be ideal for Djokovic. The Arthur Ashe Stadium now has a roof, making it similar to the Australian Open main court. Federer believes the newly-roofed venue will make Djokovic more comfortable and fresher in the tournament.
Roger Federer Gives Injury Update
Meanwhile, Roger Federer confirmed that he will not play in any tournament this year anymore. The 35-year-old superstar went down with an injury and underwent surgery after the 2016 Wimbledon, where he lost to Milos Raonic of Canada in the semifinals.
Federer is already on the road to recovery and has been practicing as of late. However, it will not be enough for him to become ready for the 2016 US Open Tennis or any other tournaments this year. In turn, Fed said that he will just gear up for his 2017 campaign, which will start in the Australian Open in Melbourne.
“I’m very hopeful, and positively confident, to be quite honest, that I will be fine,” Federer said via Washington Post. “I think that, so far, rehab has been going well, and I’m looking forward to the next few months when I can start doing much more in the fitness room and also on the tennis court.”