Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have thrown fans from all over the world into despair by closing their season early. The Swiss phenomenon will undergo a new operation on his right knee, hoping to be able to return to the field in 2022 at least for a catwalk.
The former world number 1 has played just 13 matches this year, with a record of 9 wins and 4 losses. His best result were the quarterfinals achieved at Wimbledon, before giving in clearly to Hurkacz with a lot of bagels in the third set.
Nadal, on the other hand, won two titles in 2021, but a foot injury limited him for much of the year. The 35-year-old Spaniard failed to make it past the semifinal at Roland Garros and had to forgo both Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics.
Neither will be present at the US Open in just over a week, with Novak Djokovic super favorite to achieve the Grand Slam and reach 21 Majors. In a recent conversation on the Tennis Channel, Prakash Amritraj, who played on the ATP tour from 2003 to 2012, analyzed the situation of Roger and Rafa.
Federer and Nadal have already closed their 2021
Amritraj said: “I don’t think the two scenarios can be put on the same level. Roger Federer is a few years older and his injury is certainly more serious than Rafael Nadal’s. Roger has been dealing with this knee problem for many months, so much so that he will have to undergo another surgery. It is a more delicate situation.
For Rafa there is the problem with his foot. I saw him up close in Washington, it was evident that he was bothering him. Despite the pain, he gave it his all to the end, he was as impressive as ever. I think his injury is much more manageable.
If Rafa manages to get back in shape and is motivated, no one can bet against him. We have Rafa, Roger and Novak all three at 20 Grand Slams. For their age, even one success could be enough to dig the furrow.”