Roger Federer: ‘It happened that some players could be…’

Roger Federer was hoping to achieve better results in 2021. The Swiss champion, returning to the circuit after more than a year, was unable to obtain great satisfaction. Suffice it to say that the 40-year-old from Basel has played the pittance of 13 competitive matches this year, with an uninspiring tally of nine wins and four losses. The former world number 1 did everything possible to get in shape at Wimbledon, where he surrendered to a wild Hubert Hurkacz in the quarterfinals. The 20-time Grand Slam champion even had to collect a bagel on Center Court, a disgrace that led him to a series of reflections. After giving up on the Tokyo Olympics, King Roger has decided to undergo knee surgery for the third time in the past 18 months. The Swiss announced that he will resume racing at the beginning of the new year, while to see him again on the tour we will have to wait until summer 2022. His presence at Wimbledon is therefore at great risk, as admitted by Federer himself a few weeks ago. During a recent interview with Sky Sport Italia, Roger expressed an interesting opinion about the young promises of men’s tennis.

Federer’s records speak for themselves

Roger Federer gave his opinion on the future of the game and took stock of the situation today: “I think a lot of guys hit really hard on their forehands and backhands. In the past, it happened that some players could be weaker on one of the two shots. Now you hit really hard with both. I think you have to find the right balance but there is a tendency,” explained the Maestro. If we look at the top 10, his theory holds, except perhaps for a player like Matteo Berrettini who often fishes on the backhand. If we go back further in Roger Federer’s career, we inevitably think of the Chilean Fernando Gonzalez, but also of Richard Gasquet. Since his deal with Uniqlo doesn’t restrict the Swiss to wearing any particular brand of shoes, the former World No. 1 has invested in a Swiss-based shoe-making company called ‘On Holding’. ‘On Holding’ is about to complete an initial public offering in the US soon. According to Yahoo Finance estimates, the company will have an enterprise value of about four times its 2023 sales, taking its overall estimated value between $6 to $12 billion. All these factors point to the fact that Roger Federer is about to receive a huge paycheck in the upcoming years. 

 

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