After almost 970 weeks, Roger Federer will drop out from the top-10 on Monday, with Hubert Hurkacz replacing the 20-time Major winner in the exclusive group. In August, Roger became the second 40-year-old player in the top-10 after Ken Rosewall, and he will now leave the group with realistic chances not to return ever again due to an ongoing knee injury! Thanks to his points from 2019, the last year’s Australian Open and recently ended Wimbledon, Roger managed to stay in the top-10 until October. However, he should have been out a long time ago after only 13 matches following the last year’s Australian Open. Federer returned to the top-10 after winning the Australian Open in 2017 and stayed in the exclusive group for four years and nine months before bowing out only for the second time in the past 19 years! Two seasons ago, Roger was still among the world’s best players behind Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, winning the Masters 1000 title in Rome and wasting two match points against Novak in that epic Wimbledon final.
At the beginning of the previous season, the Swiss reached the Australian Open semi-final before announcing a knee surgery. Roger needed another in May, and he started from the beginning in October, doing his best to recover and extend his career. After 13 months, Federer returned to action in Doha this March, beating Daniel Evans and squandering a match point against Nikoloz Basilashvili in the quarters.
Roger Federer will drop out from top-10 for the first time since January 2017.
Federer took more time off the court before entering the ATP 250 draw at home in Geneva in May, losing to Pablo Andujar after leading 4-2 in the decider. Heading to Paris, Federer grabbed three Roland Garros victories and withdrew following a marathon encounter against Dominik Koepfer that lasted for three and a half hours, eager to maintain energy for his beloved grass swing in Halle and Wimbledon.
Things did not work Roger’s way, though, as he experienced the earliest Halle exit to Felix Auger-Aliassime. Entering the All England Club for the record-breaking 22nd time, Federer advanced to his 18th Wimbledon quarter-final following triumphs over Adrian Mannarino, Richard Gasquet, Cameron Norrie and Lorenzo Sonego. Facing Hubert Hurkacz, the Swiss suffered one of his most brutal losses at Majors, winning only nine games and experiencing the first bagel since the 2008 Roland Garros final against Rafael Nadal! After the match, Federer admitted that he still feels the pain in his knee, skipping the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Toronto and Cincinnati. The veteran announced the third knee surgery in August, doing his best to recover at some point in 2022 and fight for the notable titles again.