Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic met in the same Major only once in 2021 due to injuries to Federer and Nadal. Three legends were grouped in the same half at Roland Garros, and they reached the knockout stages, as almost every time in the last 15 years. However, they weren’t in the same position, with Federer still dealing with that serious knee injury and testing his game in Paris before the grass tour. While Djokovic and Nadal made it to the last 16 without dropping a set, Federer had to dig deep in the third round against Dominik Koepfer, prevailing in four tight sets after three and a half hours! After the match, Federer said that he would rather be in the shoes of Nadal or Djokovic, as he does not know how his knee would react after such a difficult encounter and by far his most difficult challenge in the last year and a half. . As we all know, Roger retired before the fourth round clash against Matteo Berrettini to take care of his knee for Halle and Wimbledon. “It’s funny in a way not knowing, like in 2017 when I came back or when nobody knows, not even I know what is possible. It has a fun angle, but I would prefer it otherwise. He would rather be in the place of Rafa or Novak right now and say: ‘I feel good. If I play well, I’m winning ‘I don’t have that feeling right now; all of these are stepping stones to something meaningful. It is the season and it is the return. I need matches like these. He hadn’t practiced for three and a half hours because that’s always pushing him. I pushed as much as I could, as we thought it was reasonable.
Roddick comments on Roger Federer
Andy Roddick lavished rich praise on Roger Federer during his appearance in Mardy Fish’s latest documentary that has been released on Netflix. The American believes Federer’s game is the perfect combination of offense and defense, which is nearly impossible for opponents to counter. “Roger’s the best defensive and best offensive player in the world at the same time. How do you attack that?” Roddick said. Roddick pointed out some of Federer’s defining non-tennis attributes and remarked that he was not envious of the Swiss’ success but rather of how easily he handles his status in the sport. “He’s the most-liked athlete universally, in the world,” Roddick went on. “You speak 17 languages (hyperbole; Federer speaks eight languages) and your hair looks amazing, and it’s fantastic and you don’t sweat. I’m not jealous of his success. I’m jealous of the ease at which he’s able to navigate being the greatest of all time.”