Roger Federer is ‘highly unlikely’ to win any more Grand Slam titles, according to tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou.
Eight-time Wimbledon champion Federer has 20 major trophies to his name, one less than Novak Djokovic after the Serbian’s victory over Nick Kyrgios on Sunday.
The 40-year-old, who does not have a single point to his name after Monday’s updated ATP rankings, is also two behind Rafael Nadal and has hinted he may soon retire.
Swiss legend Federer has not played since last year’s Wimbledon, where he became the oldest quarter-finalist in the Open Era at SW19.
He missed Wimbledon this year for the first time since 1998 as he continues to recover from a third knee surgery and returns to the ATP Tour in September.
Mouratoglou, who coached Serena Williams from 2012 to 2022 and now coaches Stefanos Tsitsipas, Coco Gauff and Simona Halep feels Federer’s time at the top is over.
‘Roger turns 41 soon and is planning to return to competition at the Laver Cup and the Swiss Indoors in Basel,’ Mouratoglou said in an Instagram video.
‘It will be incredible to see him back on court but to see him win another major is highly unlikely.’
Quizzed on Nadal and Djokovic, Mouratoglou added: ‘Rafa is playing some of the best tennis of his life, recently beating Novak in the quarters of the French Open.
‘But he still struggles a lot with his injuries. Novak is the youngest of the three and is in great physical condition. So he has a chance of playing at the highest level for a few more years.
‘However, he might be unable to compete at the next two Slams – at the US Open and the Australian Open – means his next shot at a title may be in Rafa’s house at the French Open next year.’
Federer has been warned over a comeback and to avoid going down the same path as Williams, who suffered an embarrassing first-round exit at Wimbledon this year.