'Last opportunity': Roger Federer's tough admission upon return

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Roger Federer (pictured) looking on after his Wimbledon Final loss to Novak Djokovic.
Roger Federer (pictured) believes this could be his last chance to win a Grand Slam after such a long lay-off at 39 years old. (Getty Images)

Roger Federer has achieved it all in the tennis world, but the 20-time Grand Slam chance believes this is his last chance to make a run at a Grand Slam.

The 39-year-old maestro returned to the ATP Tour back in March after more than a year out with a reoccurring knee injury.

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Unfortunately, Federer suffered a setback in his second comeback match in Doha and was has since returned to training to get his body right.

Federer was expected to return at the ATP 1000 Madrid Open on clay, but switched up his plans to attend the lower-profiled ATP 250 Geneva where he might get more court time on a belated return.

However, Federer was bundled out of the Geneva Open in his first game in a shock defeat.

Federer hasn't played in a Grand Slam since the Australian Open in 2020.

Speaking after his Tour return, Federer has admitted he sees his last run at the age of 39, ahead of Roland Garros and Wimbledon, his last chance.

“I don’t know, I’m really relaxed about where my career is, where my life is,” Federer told GQ Magazine.

“And I know that this [moment] is one last big, huge opportunity for me to do something great. I mean, it’s always like this when you have achieved as much as I have.”

“I want to win more, otherwise, I wouldn’t have gone through the whole [last] year of surgeries and the process of doing five weeks on crutches and rehab."

Federer's "mind" is ready for Grand Slams

Federer said his "mind was ready to go" upon his return, but it was up to his body if he could compete at the next two Grand Slams.

However, Federer's eye is on Wimbledon after the Swiss maestro claimed he was a long shot for the French Open.

He said anyone who thought he may have been in contention for the title at Roland Garros was simply "wrong".

Roger Federer eyes the ball as he reacts during his ATP 250 Geneva Open.
Roger Federer (pictured) said the Geneva Open was about court time before Wimbledon. (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)

"What's important is the next few weeks, regardless if you play tournaments or not, it's if you're back on the tour, practising with top guys, going through the rhythm. This is how you then start taking better decisions."

"It's good to be back on the court but then you lose a match like this and you're down," he added, after Geneva.

"I know my limitations at the moment."

Regardless, Federer said he wasn't thinking about retirement in the immediate future.

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