Hey all, with Federer's comeback edging closer I thought I'd pose the question – what can we expect from Federer in 2017?
Obviously, this needs prefacing with the fact nobody really knows, except Roger himself and perhaps those in his team who've seen him practice closely the last few months. Even then it is still a bit of an unknown. But I'm interested to see what you guys are thinking about it.
No doubt some want the Calendar Slam, others are just glad to see him play any matches at all 😆 but let's get some comments going and see if there is a general consensus.
I think it's particularly interesting because it's his first ever real comeback after an extended layoff (or second if you count the temporary one earlier this year, or third if you count the ankle injury in 2005) after 18 years on tour. So there is no real benchmark for him like you have with Nadal.
For me, I'm expecting or hoping whichever you look at it, that Roger is able to play 5 tournaments in a row with no serious injury concerns. I think then we will have a much clearer idea of his level and how well he is able to compete.
Looking back at Wimbledon it was a humongous effort to make the Semi Finals so I am fairly positive he will be in the mix at some point during next year. Upsets, if you can call them that when he's ranked well outside the Top 10, are probably going to happen when he runs into players with a lot more matches in their legs of late, but 5 tournaments in a row and winning a few matches back to back in each event is what I would like to see.
Slams and even titles aren't something really to consider at the moment. I'm sure Fed has them pencilled in at the back of his mind (otherwise why keep playing) but even he knows it's all about baby steps at the start of 2017. The fact he's opted for the Hopman Cup is a testimony to that.
No doubt he'll outdo expectations and make a final out the blue, like Wimbledon where you almost believed for a second he might win it after beating Cilic in 5 sets but that's all part of the fun of seeing this guy play.
Anyway let me know what you guys are thinking in the comments, his comeback is just now 9 days away and if reports from Dubai are to be believed he has been in great form on the practice courts against Lucas Pouille earlier in December.
P.S. Happy Fedmas to all who read the blog!