The last edition of the Olympic Games that saw Roger Federer present was therefore London 2012, in which Federer got rid of Alejandro Falla, Julien Bennetau, Denis Istomin, John Isner and Juan Martín Del Potro, reserving the final challenge with Andy Murray. The Scotsman, defeated a few days earlier in the last Wimbledon match against Federer, deserved a rematch with a score of 6-2, 6-1 and 6-4. Absent from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, Roger has always promised to return in 2021 to be able to play Wimbledon (canceled last year) and the Olympic Games, postponed twelve months due to the global Coronavirus pandemic. However, the Basel champion has played much less than expected this season and his knee problems appear to still not seem fully resolved. After taking the court in Doha and Geneva without excellent results, Federer managed to reach the round of 16 at Roland Garros, where he preferred to lose during the match with Matteo Berrettini. Arriving in London (after a bitter disappointment in Halle), Roger’s streak was terminated in the quarterfinals against Hubert Hurkacz, who won with a clear 6-3, 7-6, 6-0. After his departure from London, as we know, Federer announced with regret that he will not participate in the Tokyo Olympics so as not to further compromise his right knee. At forty years of next August and aware that he will no longer be present at the Games, Roger also had to say goodbye to his Olympic dream.
Shapovalov pays tribute to Roger Federer
Denis Shapovalov recently gave his thoughts on a variety of topics, right from idolizing 20-time Major winner Roger Federer growing up, to the GOAT race between the Big 3. Shapovalov then alluded to the old expression “never meet your heroes”, which means people you admire may disappoint you in real life by not living up to expectations. The Canadian, however, believes that’s not the case with Roger Federer, as his opinion of the Swiss only grew after their meeting. “There’s a saying that you shouldn’t be meeting your idols because then you’ll think less of them. It’s actually the opposite with Roger,” Shapovalov said. “He has been a huge role model for me growing up and he’s continued to be,” Shapovalov said. “The way he carries himself, the way he is as a person, there’s no show with him. It’s all natural, all genuine. It’s really inspiring, just great to have met him and see how he really is.”