Federer's comeback could be doomed like Serena Williams', says former Grand Slam champion
"If you're not competitive anymore, then it's better to stop" - Federer gives major retirement hint
The Swiss tennis legend has not played since last year’s Wimbledon, where he became the oldest quarter-finalist in the Open Era at SW19.
However, the 40-year-old missed this year’s Championships for the first time since 1998 as he continues to recover from a third knee surgery and has hinted he may soon retire.
Federer has now fallen behind Novak Djokovic in the all-time Grand Slam titles race – with the Serbian recording his 21st on Sunday with victory over Nick Kyrgios in Sunday’s Wimbledon final – and is two behind Rafael Nadal’s 22.
Williams, meanwhile, who like Federer is considered one of the best players in the sport’s history, suffered an early first-round exit at Wimbledon this year. And now, former Grand Slam champion Adriano Panatta – who won the French Open in 1976 – has warned Federer not to take the same path as Williams.
"Roger Federer is one of the reasons why I continued to love tennis," Panatta told Gazzetta dello Sport. "I wish him happiness, he has an extraordinary career behind him and a wonderful family next to him.
"There is a time for everything. [But] we have already given up with Serena Williams, I hope not to see a replica."
Federer will make his ATP Tour return in September at the Laver Cup, the team competition he founded back in 2017.