The Swiss star played just 13 official matches in 2021, collecting nine wins and four losses. The former world number 1 reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, where he remedied a resounding beating at the hands of Hubert Hurkacz.
A few weeks after the Championships, the 20-time Grand Slam champion announced that he had suffered a knee relapse and had to operate for the third time in 18 months. The 40-year-old from Basel started his rehabilitation with the aim of coming back to the court, wanting to give himself one last round of the carousel before hanging up his racket.
The Swiss Maestro is expected to return in late summer or early autumn, perhaps for the Laver Cup, scheduled at the O2 Arena in London at the end of September. In the meantime, his presence at the ATP in Basel has been announced.
Cowan, after learning that Novak Djokovic will be able to participate in the 2022 edition of Wimbledon, explaiend: “I think any tournament needs Roger Federer, as well as Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
We hope to see a great Wimbledon tournament this year. I was delighted to hear the news that Nole will be able to come to London, being the defending champion and having played some memorable games on Center Court. If he manages to present himself in good shape, he will be the favorite to win the title.”
Recently, Microsoft founder Bill Gates criticized Djokovic for his stance on the Covid-19 vaccine: “I believe a collective effort is needed to get out of this situation. If a figure of Novak’s caliber is firmly opposed to the anti Covid-19 serum, it becomes much more difficult to achieve the vaccination levels we need. I admire Djokovic in many ways, but I don’t share his point of view on the vaccine.”
Despite being away from the circuit for some time, Roger Federer continues to be a source of inspiration for his younger colleagues. The last two seasons have been very complicated for the Swiss phenomenon, struggling with a serious injury to his right knee.
The former world number 1 played just 13 official matches in 2021, racking up nine wins and four losses. After reaching the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, the King had to miss the Tokyo Olympics due to a knee relapse. The 20-time Grand Slam champion had to operate for the third time in 18 months, but he never gave up on his desire to return to the field.
The 40-year-old from Basel is expected to return to the Laver Cup, scheduled at London’s O2 Arena at the end of September. The Swiss will also take part in the ATP in Basel, the last two editions of which have been canceled due to the pandemic.
On the Tennis Channel microphones, Brandon Nakashima was asked who he’d like to be trapped in an elevator with. The choice of him fell on Federer.
“I’d probably say Roger Federer. Being stuck in an elevator with him would be cool.
I’d just probably ask him what his mind goes through when he’s out there competing, just to see what he’s thinking out there, how he’s playing and stuff,” Nakashima said. Since the time he turned pro in 1998, Federer has been a player that the whole world looks up to.
Climbing the ladder of success in the most rapid way, Federer today stands as one of the greatest players of all time. Last year at the 2021 Wimbledon, Federer was eyeing his 9th title, when he suffered a quarterfinal loss.
Post the loss, he had to undergo a third surgery on his knee. The Swiss grace has been out of the tour ever since then. Having one of the most gracious careers, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that Federer is one of the most well-known tennis players in the world.
Taking that into consideration, he is also one of the most profitable celebrity faces for brand endorsements. Being an endorser of a number of brands, Federer made $80 million out of the total $80.7 million from endorsements.
Michael Costa asked Nakashima when was the last time he felt surprised, to which the American said he was caught off guard when playing against Rublev. He stated that he was surprised at how hard the Russian hit the ball on the court.
“Couple of weeks ago I was playing a match, and, I was absolutely getting blown off the court, didn’t know what to do out there. I was playing Rublev, he’s the number 5 in the world now. I was just pretty surprised, how hard he was hitting the ball out there and it caught me a bit off guard,” Nakashima said.
Rafael Nadal failed to secure the fifth Caja Mágica title in Madrid last week. The Spaniard returned to action after missing six weeks with a rib injury and played three matches at the Masters 1000 on home soil. It was enough for Rafa to overtake Roger Federer and claim the Masters 1000 record.
Nadal became the first player with 490 Masters 1000 matches, leaving his great rival at 489 and looking good to get into the exclusive ‘Club 500’ this summer. Rafa got off to a winning start in Madrid with a 6-1, 7-6 triumph over a fit Serbian, Miomir Kecmanovic.
Nadal played at a high level in the first set before his backhand let him down a bit in the second. The Spaniard served for the 6-5 victory in the second set before the Serb broke to prolong the action. The local favorite claimed the tie break 7-4 to seal the deal and start winning.
Nadal faced David Goffin in the third round, seeking the fifth win against the Belgian from seven meetings. Rafa built a 6-3 and 5-3 lead before David recovered to put on an epic match that lasted three hours and ten minutes.
Goffin survived two match points in consecutive games in the closing stages of the second set and chained four games in a row to win it and force the decider. The Belgian survived a scare in the first game of the final set and kept pace with Nadal in the remaining ones to reach the tie break.
It turned into a roller coaster ride, with Rafa saving four match points with gutsy shots. Goffin squandered his chances, and Nadal closed out the break 11-9 for one of his most exciting wins at the Caja Magica.
The last two seasons have been a real ordeal for Roger Federer on a sporting level. The former world number 1 had to deal with a serious injury to his right knee, which kept him away from the circuit for many months forcing him to undergo three surgeries.
Suffice it to say that the Swiss star played just 13 official matches last year, collecting nine wins and four losses. The 40-year-old from Basel reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, where he remedied a loud beating at the hands of Hubert Hurkacz on Center Court.
A few weeks later, the 20-time Grand Slam champion announced that he had suffered a knee relapse and had to undergo surgery for the third time in 18 months. The King hopes to return in late summer or early autumn, perhaps for the Laver Cup.
In the meantime, news has been made that Roger will participate in the 2022 edition of the ATP in Basel.