With new knee surgery planned, 40-year-old Roger Federer has announced that he will be giving up the rest of the season, with the intention of returning to the best of his abilities in 2022.
For this reason, the former ATP number one was unable to participate in the Rod Laver, staged this time in Boston, where Team World triumphed for the fourth consecutive season (with a crushing 14-1 against Team World) .
Roger took part in his last Tour event at Wimbledon, where he defeated Adrian Mannarino, Richard Gasquet, Cameron Norrie and Lorenzo Sonego before losing to Hubert Hurkacz by a score of 6-3 7-6 6-0.
Federer answers a very particular question
Recently, the Basel champion was asked what the single biggest hit of his career was. Roger said: “Wow, good question. Hard to say, but I think it was the right against Tommy Haas at Roland Garros.”
Federer was obviously referring to the 2009 edition of the French Open, the only one won by the Swiss. In that year, world number one Rafael Nadal had already won the Australian Open and was about to confirm his dominance in Paris too, he had to win continuously since 2005.
Arriving in the round of 16, however, the Spaniard was surprised in a memorable game by the Swede Robin Soderling, who beat him in four sets. Federer, who was certainly not having the best moment of his career, overtook Alberto Martin, José Acasuso and Paul-Henri Mathieu and then went on to face Tommy Haas.
The German player won the first two sets, moving forward 4-3 in the second set with the possibility of snatching his opponent’s serve. It was at that moment, however, that Federer saved the break point with a magnificent right-wing and the game turned definitively: Roger triumphed with the score of 6-7 5-7 6-4 6-0 6-2.
In the following games the Swiss also defeated Gael Monfils, Juan Martin del Potro and Robin Soderling, going to lift his first (and only) Roland Garros trophy.
— Allez Roger (@roger_allez) September 27, 2021