Roger Federer was unable to make his mark this year. The Swiss phenomenon played the misery of 13 official matches from March to Wimbledon, collecting nine wins and four losses. The former world number 1 reached the quarter-finals at the Championships, where he was defeated very clearly by Hubert Hurkacz on Center Court. A few weeks later, the 20-time Grand Slam champion announced that he had suffered a relapse in his right knee and had to undergo surgery for the third time in the past year and a half. In spite of the rumors leaked in the past weeks, there is no precise plan for the return of King Roger on the tour. The 40-year-old from Basel is unlikely to take part in the 2022 Australian Open, despite recent statements by Darren Cahill. The hope of the fans is that the Maestro can treat himself to a final catwalk before retiring for good. Over the past twelve months, Federer has been joined by eternal rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic at 20 Grand Slams. The Serbian also surpassed him in the all-time ranking of weeks at the top of the ATP rankings. During a recent interview with ‘Sport Bild’, Stefanos Tsitsipas analyzed the situation of the Swiss legend.
Tsitsipas on Federer’s return
Whereas, the Serbian ace has done wonders this season. In fact, Djokovic beat Tsitsipas in the final of the French Open this year. The 23-year-old was asked how long can Djokovic stay at the top level, given he’s already 34; Tsitsipas stated, “Nobody knows. I still have a lot of confidence in him. Who would have thought that Roger Federer would still play at 40? Not me. But I am sure that he will make another comeback.” Federer ended his season after the Wimbledon Championships exit as he required another knee surgery. He released a post in which he revealed that he would be out of action for many months. At Laver Cup 2021, Federer made an appearance and stated that the recovery of his knee is going well, and seemed to be targeting an appearance at Laver Cup 2022. Federer is the first tennis player whose lifetime income has touched the $1 billion mark when not adjusted for inflation. Most of the Swiss’ income comes from endorsements and sponsorship deals. His 10-year-long contract with Uniqlo guarantees him a sum upwards of $300 million and is one of the primary sources of his wealth. As per Sportico, the earnings factored in while calculating the wealth of athletes included money made from salaries, prize money, purses, bonuses, endorsements, licensing, royalties, memorabilia, book deals, and appearances.