Dominic Thiem is the world number three.
The Austrian has only played in Rio since the Australian Open final but his time in South America didn’t last long. A result of Federer being injured and not defending his title in Dubai is that he drops to number four and Thiem peaks at a career high of number three.
The question now is, is the week beginning 24th of February 2020 the final week we have seen Roger, Rafa and Novak in the top three together?
We have already seen the Swiss’ ranking drop 500 points by not being in Dubai and across Indian Wells, Miami and Roland Garros he will see 2680 points drop off which will take him down to around number seven in the world currently but could be further.
The plan is for Federer to return in Halle and Wimbledon but even in those two events after six months off when he returns there is 1700 points to defend and if he doesn’t will see him potentially drop outside the top 15 of further.
Later this year Federer will be 39 and I know were still waiting for our first major winner out of the ‘NextGen’ group but this is a big moment in men’s tennis.
I really don’t see a way that Federer get’s bak into the top 5 again let alone the top 3.
Roger has proved everyone wrong time and time again but we know knee injuries can be persistent and with him turning 39 this year how much top level tennis does he have?
The men’s game is too competitive and of high quality to get away with only being able to play a handful of events a year.
He’s proved us wrong before and climbed back up the mountain but this time I think it will be too much for the former number one.