Roger Federer has suffered a lot over the past two years from a right knee injury. The Swiss phenomenon played the misery of 13 official matches in 2021, with an unexciting tally of nine wins and four defeats.
At Wimbledon he went all the way to the quarterfinals, where he was neatly defeated by Hubert Hurkacz on Center Court (including a bagel in the third set). A few weeks later, the King announced that he had suffered a knee relapse and had to operate for the third time in the last year and a half.
Although the Maestro has expressed a desire to return to the field, there is no precise plan for his return to the tour. Fans are hoping that the former ATP number 1 can treat himself to at least one final catwalk in 2022.
Over the past twelve months, the 40-year-old from Basel has collected the hook of 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. In a lengthy interview with Ringier, Federer revealed how he would like to be remembered in the future.
Federer and the future
The Swiss Maestro explained: “I hope to be remembered as an elegant, fair and spectacular player. Off thecourt, I hope I have shown that you can be successful without losing the values of humility, education and kindness.”
Federer is not afraid of the moment of retirement: “There is no dream ending for me. I only hope to be able to choose for myself when to say enough. I’m sure I’ll figure it out for myself. I am not afraid of what will happen after I leave the ATP tour, it will be a smooth transition. Mirka and I have always managed the relationship between tennis, family and friends in a balanced way. This is what makes me most proud.”
The Swiss dropped out of the Top 10 for the first time since 2017 and his participation in the Australian Open 2022 seems unlikely. In Melbourne Roger won his last Grand Slam, which dates back to 2018.