2021 did not give Roger Federer the desired satisfactions. The former world number 1 has only played 13 official matches and has never given the feeling of being able to win important trophies. The beating he suffered in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon was his last chapter of the season, as the King underwent another knee operation a few weeks later. The 20-time Grand Slam champion also had to give up the Tokyo Olympics, a huge disappointment given that it would be his last participation. A few days ago, the 40-year-old from Basel announced that he will not return to the pitch before summer 2022. In January he will be able to start running normally, while to play tennis he will have to wait until March-April. The Maestro came out of the Top 10 for the first time since 2017, yet another symptom of the passing of time. In the course of a long interview with ‘Tribune de Geneve’, Federer retraced his steps towards Wimbledon 2021. The defeat against Felix Auger-Aliassime in Halle had shown all the difficulties of the Swiss.
Roger Federer on his 2021 season
“I already felt in Halle against Felix-Auger Aliassime that my Wimbledon would not be what I had hoped for. Even though I didn’t know the nature of my injury, I would be restricted,” Roger Federer said. Federer compared the importance of Wimbledon in his calendar to that of Roland Garros for fellow 20-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal. He pointed out that it was only natural to put all his problems aside in order to focus on doing well at Wimbledon. “But when you’re aiming everything towards one tournament – as probably Rafa is at Roland Garros – it’s normal to put the problems aside and give it your all. In addition, you always hope for a miracle. There is always a small chance,” Federer explained. Just recently, after beating Andrey Rublev in the Nitto ATP Finals, Djokovic has unlocked yet another achievement. Djokovic has now won 50 or more matches in a single season for the 13th time. Only Roger Federer and Jimmy Connors have accomplished this more often in the open era. He has now become the third player to register 50 or more victories in an ATP year for a remarkable 13th time. The two players who have accomplished this record in the Open Era are Roger Federer and Jimmy Connors. Federer has done it 16 times while Connors has done it 14 times.