Roger Federer has not been able to offer his best tennis in the last two seasons due to ongoing knee problems. In fact, the 20-time Grand Slam champion has undergone more than one operation, hoping to return to normal in 2022. After losing to Hubert Hurkacz in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, Federer decided to take a break before announcing his resignation before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The former world number one’s true goal was to play a good chunk of the American Tour, with his sights set on the US Open, but his project failed when doctors offered him a new surgery. In a recent interview with GQ magazine, Federer spoke about the Slam record and his historical rivals: Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. He said: “The Big Three in 20 Slams? Frankly, it’s amazing that the three of us made it to 20 Slams: when I turned pro the record was twelve, then Sampras managed to equal it and go up to 14. I had it in 2009, a very important moment for me, as I managed to catch up and overtake it in a month between Paris and Wimbledon. I think Nole and Rafa are in a different state of mind than me right now. Obviously the three of us would like to win even more, because that’s the attitude to have at these levels, but my road has been a bit longer and more complicated, so I guess I have a slightly different perspective. I think there will be another era of champions like this. I don’t want to take anything away from Rafa, Novak or myself, but I think today it is easier to dominate on more surfaces. Fifty years ago there were three Grand Slams on grass, it is true, but I think the margins were narrower, there were specialists in cement and clay, and few knew how to play on any surface.”
Bencic reflects on Roger Federer
Belinda Bencic made sure the Swiss flag flew high at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Belinda had an absolutely breathtaking run in Tokyo where she grabbed the gold medal in the women’s singles event, defeating Marketa Vondrousova in the final. Along with that, she also grabbed a silver medal in the doubles event partnering with Viktorija Golubic. Following her remarkable achievement, she acknowledged the well-wishes received from people. She particularly mentioned the legend, Roger Federer. Bencic said, “I am happy for Roger’s support because he has been a rock in my career and someone who I can always ask questions and ask for tips.” After having a good run at the US Open, Bencic’s latest tournament was the Chicago Fall Tennis Classic. She advanced to the quarter-finals of the competition, where she faced Elena Rybakina.