The last two seasons have not been good for Roger Federer. The former world number 1 took to the track with a dropper, after having to deal with a serious injury to his right knee. Suffice it to say that the Swiss maestro only played 13 official matches in 2021, with nine wins and four losses.
A poor balance for a legend of his caliber, only partially mitigated by the quarterfinals achieved at Wimbledon. A few weeks after the championship, the Swiss announced that he had suffered a relapse in the knee and that he had to undergo surgery for the third time.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion hopes to be back on tour in late summer or early autumn, perhaps for the Laver Cup, which takes place at London’s O2 Arena in late September. The 40-year-old from Basel was surpassed by Rafael Nadal in the ranking of all Grand Slams, while Novak Djokovic stole the record for weeks at the top of the ATP rankings.
After losing to Hubert Hurkacz at Wimbledon, the Swiss was forced to stop again and decided to undergo another knee operation. The goal of the Swiss champion was to compete already in the first part of 2022, but things did not turn out that way.
The hope of all tennis fans is to see Federer back on court at Wimbledon 2022, but only time will give the answers. The 20-time Grand Slam champion is on a long road to rehabilitation and posted a very encouraging video on his Instagram account.
In fact, Federer has shared some splendid images; images that portray him on an indoor tennis court intent on hitting the ball with his right hand.
Federer is a true legend
Former World No. 4 James Blake was recently asked to combine certain components from past and present players’ games to create an “unbeatable player”
The American picked Rafael Nadal’s mentality, Novak Djokovic’s backhand and return, and Roger Federer’s forehand, among other shots. “Forehand I got to go with Roger I think,” he said. “He hits it so unbelievably well, precise and I know you said I could say James Blake or something but I’d be stupid because I remember thinking ‘I wanna go forehand to forehand with anyone, I can do that.
But Roger was the one guy that kind of showed me ‘nah’, I can’t say me when he did that to me so many times to make me realize his forehand is better than mine.” The American also selected Djokovic’s backhand, which he felt was “rock solid” and would never break down under pressure.
“Backhand I think I gotta go with Djokovic,” Blake added. ” It is just so rock solid. Just seems like he can count on that at any moment, pressure moments, not pressure moments. He cann create pace with it, he can hit angles with it, and he does it so well.”