The next Major season begins in two and a half months at the Australian Open, with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, all with 20 titles. At the moment, it is not clear who will compete in Melbourne, as Djokovic has problems with the vaccine, Nadal, who is coming off an injury, and Federer, who is still off the practice field. Pam Shriver believes that Federer cannot present himself as a major contender in 2022, giving his opponents an advantage to move in front of him for the first time. Federer decided to finish the current season in August, without playing since Wimbledon due to ongoing knee problems. The Swiss star played just 13 games after last year’s Australian Open, he underwent two knee surgeries in February and May 2020 and stayed off the court for 13 months. Eager to return and compete again, Federer participated in five tournaments between March and July this year, reaching the Wimbledon quarterfinals but feeling the pain in his knee again and undergoing the third surgery. The veteran has yet to step on the practice court, and he hopes that everything works out this time and that he can be competitive in 2022. Federer did a great job in 2019, considering his age, he won the Masters 1000 title in Miami and wasted two match points against Novak Djokovic in that epic Wimbledon final. After another strong result at last year’s Australian Open, Federer announced knee problems and underwent the first surgery in February, with a subsequent one in May. Starting again at 39, Roger hit the practice court in October of last year and had worked on his fitness before returning to competition in March. Federer beat Daniel Evans in Doha for a winning comeback, prevailing in three sets and losing in the quarterfinals to Nikoloz Basilashvili after wasting a match point.
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In a recent interview with Ringier, Roger Federer opened up on how he wants people to remember him once his playing days are over. Federer stressed that he wants to be remembered as a “good” tennis player but also as a humble individual. “I hope I will be remembered as a casual, cool, good tennis player,” Roger Federer said. “And as a person, I hope that I was able to exemplify that even if you succeed, you can meet people with decency, attitude and fairness. That doesn’t exist for me (a dream ending). But I hope that I can choose the moment myself. I’m sure I’ll notice when this moment has come,” Federer said. “I’m not afraid of the time after my professional career,” he added. “This will be a smooth transition. Mirka and I have managed the life balance between tennis, family and friends incredibly well. This is what makes me most proud. Because what is really important in life in the end?”