The Swiss split the four Grand Slams with the Spaniard in 2017 and ended the season second in the rankings having taken six months away from the sport just a year earlier.
Nadal clinched top spot but ended his year struggling with his right knee and he has already pulled out of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship and the Brisbane International.
Most Australian Open titles (ATP)
6 – Djokovic
6 – Emerson
5 – Federer
4 – Agassi
4 – Crawford
4 – Rosewall
With fears surrounding whether the 31-year-old will make it to the Australian Open and Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray only just returning to the ATP Tour after injury lay-offs, Croft thinks Federer is incredibly well placed to continue his fine form.
And she believes he’s ‘playing the best tennis’ he’s ever played, despite being 36.
When asked if Federer and Nadal would dominate tennis next season, she told the Express: ‘There’s always rumours about Rafa’s knee.
‘I’ve ready a lot of reports about him cancelling a training camp, so I think a lot with him will depend on the knee, but Federer definitely.
‘I think he’s playing the best tennis we’ve ever seen him play.
‘His movement for someone of his age, I reckon he’s moving better than we’ve ever seen him.
‘He’s playing with such freedom and so much choice, and what he does with opponents is he comes at them so fast and furious, he doesn’t give them time to think and it’s such beautiful tennis to watch.
‘He’s reinvigorated the construction of points with the way that he’s so aggressive: up tempo, serve-volley, attack the net, finish them off, winning points quickly it’s kind of reinvigorated that style of tennis.
‘Yes he’s had some variety from Murray, the great ground strokes from the back of the court from Djokovic but the way he plays it’s made tennis really exciting again.’
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